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  • Child of the Daystar

  • By: Bryce O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489

Among the scattered fringe cities bordering the Cienbal desert, the true name of the Monster of Karth is spoken only in whispers...RAZ I'SYUL ARRO. A sellsword of the utmost caliber, Raz is a killer of paramount skill and highest regard. Towering tall even amongst the atherian, he is the only of his kind to live free in the "civilized" confines of mankind's varied cultures. He has no need of loyalties, his sole affections pledged to the gold crowns that buy his time and skills.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Solid Start To A Potentially Great Series

  • By Drake Vato on 08-26-16

Great Read!

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

I haven't enjoyed a good fantasy in a long time but I really enjoyed this one. I think that its strength lies in the relatability of the main character, Raz. Raz is an Atherian (dragon/lizard like) being. But all of his thoughts, feelings and actions are definitely human! In fact, he is more human than many of the humans in the story. I found this novel so easy to read. I often get turned off by complex world building and trying to remember myriad complex names and places. I didn't find that to be the case in Child of The Day Star. Of course, there are many strange names and places, but not so much that you can't keep up with what is going on. I don't want to have to take notes on who is who and what is what when I read a fantasy novel. AND THE NARRATOR IS GREAT!

  • The Silent Patient

  • By: Alex Michaelides
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins, Louise Brealey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,413

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing debut!

  • By Jillian Hendrickson on 02-12-19

THIS BOOK DOES NOT DISAPPOINT!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

Excellent psychological thriller!! If you read the summary and thought it sounded interesting, you must read this, you will not be disappointed. I have never said this before, but this is the best psychological thriller that I've read since Gone Girl. And, yes, I know, but before you roll your eyes, hear me out...

This might be the best of the best. Not only is the premise interesting but the pacing is perfect! I was curious from the beginning and had to read this straight through because I had to know! It wasn't necessary a fast pace book but a steady journey where you keep wanting to know what's around the corner. I also felt that story had depth to it that is missing in a lot of novels. The author was inspired by Greek Mythology, Alfred Hitchcock and Agatha Christie. That is a A-LIst if I've ever heard one. And is shows in this writing. After reading this book, I really feel like I could read it again and find details and underlying meanings that I missed the first time. This would be a fantastic book for a book club. There are more layers here than an onion!

When people write reviews I often wonder what other books are that they enjoy so I can gauge if we have similar taste. So my all time favorites are Gone Girl, The Girl Before and now The Silent Patient! Defiantly a book that will be the top of everyones list in 2019!

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  • Precious Victims

  • Penguin True Crime
  • By: Don W. Weber, Charles Bosworth Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174

The police in Jersey County, Illinois, accepted Paula Sims' story of a masked kidnapper who snatched her baby girl, Lorelei, from her bassinet. Three years later, her second newborn daughter suffered an identical fate - and this time the police were unable to stop searching until they had discovered the whole horrifying truth. This is the full terrifying story of twisted sexuality and hate seething below the surface of a seemingly normal family and of the massive investigation and nerve-shattering trial that made the unthinkable a reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written True Crime

  • By Chrissy on 04-24-16

Just Okay

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I am writing this review, after reading Evil Has A Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer. Evil Has A Name was done so well that I'm sure it has had an affect on this review.

The narrator was okay but I found his sentences ran together and I it was hard to distinguish between the voices.

The story was long and drawn out. I found a lot of repetition. I think it could have been shorter and better. However, the story of this true crime was interesting enough to keep me reading. I found the story of what happened fascinating but I didn't feel like I needed to read this book to learn what happened. There was a lot of speculation, and in the end, open ended questions. The ending left me feeling dissatisfied. I could have just googled it!

I recommend this book if you have 15 hrs and 42mins of of your life to spare. If you rather just google it, I would highly recommend the afore mentioned book, Evil Has A Name.

  • Evil Has a Name

  • The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation
  • By: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonnell
  • Narrated by: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,337
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,301

For his victims, for their families and for the investigators tasked with finding him, the senselessness and brutality of the Golden State Killer's acts were matched only by the powerlessness they felt at failing to uncover his identity. Then, on April 24, 2018, authorities arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif., based on DNA evidence linked to the crimes. Amazingly, it seemed, evil finally had a name. Please note: This work contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Raises The Bar On True Crime Genre

  • By R. Squyres on 11-16-18

Dimond in the rough! Surprisingly Good!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

I don't usually read true crime stories but after reading a many psychological thrillers and becoming dismayed that I couldn't find another good book I decided to give it a shot and I'm glad I did.

Narrator: 4 stars! Well done.

Story: I was very impressed at how interestedI was in this story once I started. I usually find true crime stories a bit dry and predictable. Serial killer, yeah, yeah, kills a lot of people in awful ways...Yawn. But I was so surprised. I had never even heard of this serial killer or of his crimes. It was a bit before my time and no where near where I was brought up. So what made this story so interesting? I'm not sure if I can put a finger on all of it but I will touch on the highlights.

First, this was a cold case that was solved through sheer tenacity on a small few peoples part. It restores your faith in human kind when you realize what these dedicated people go through to solve cases even though they have been cold for a long time. Even if the killing streak is over these people work so hard to be able to give families closure.

Secondly, the personal testimony of the detectives who worked on the case and solved the case is told as a story (recollection) instead of a reading of a dry court transcript. It's like sitting with grandpa by the fire while he tells stories of the good old days.

Third, in addition the learning of the killings, I learned a lot of the process that goes into solving serial killer crimes. I enjoyed the fact that even though there were some gruesome details they did not dwell on them nor did they spend a lot of time discussing them.

Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a break from fiction psychological thrillers and for those who enjoy true crime stories. I'm looking forward to seeing if I can find similar books in the future. This was one of my most enjoyable reads this year!

  • The Breakdown

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,891
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,888

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside - the woman who was killed. She's been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It's a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she'd broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she'd stopped.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I tore through it within a few days

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 10-02-17

Good, solid author! Very Enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

I found this book very satisfying all around.

Narrator: Four stars. Wonderful listen.

The Story: The story is good although there is nothing original here. This is a good 'who dun it' thriller. Still, the story is a success, probably due to the way the author spins the tale going back and forth through different POV and time lines. I have read my fair share of these thrillers and I have found that the story doesn't have to be original if the form of delivery is original. And any story is more enjoyable if there is a little surprise at the end.

Pacing: The pacing is perfect. I never felt bored or like I wanted to skip ahead.

Ending: Good ending! I was guessing until the end and even though I thought I knew who did it there was a nice little twist at the end.

Other Books: This author also wrote Behind Closed Doors, another best seller. I'm so glad the narrator is the same. I'm partial to The Break Down though. But Behind Closed Doors is another solid read. A bit darker.

  • An Anonymous Girl

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,954
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,936

Seeking women ages 18-32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed. When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking...and what she’s hiding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Frances Hampton on 01-09-19

That's it?!?

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

This was a real let down for me. I think the problem was I was expecting a very different book. My one word summery, anticlimactic. I thought I was getting an edgy suspense thriller, after all, this is are the authors of A Wife Between Us, which I really enjoyed. The premise is very interesting. Anything about psychology interests me so when I read this was about a psychology experiment I hit purchase! So, here is my complaint in a nutshell, I kept expecting this "thriller" to go somewhere but it didn't. The ending wasn't for me. I was scratching my head asking when it was going to pick up the pace. Or hit me with a fabulous twist. It. Just. Didn't.
It might have scored higher for me if I had known there was no big twist. No real mind blowing revelation. This is the antithesis of Gone Girl. And that's okay, if that's not what you're you looking for. I have be let down many times in my pursuit of the next Gone Girl. Maybe it's just time for me to move on.

  • Patient Zero

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,103

When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more.

  • By Kim Venatries on 10-05-12

Awesome narrator.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-15

Great detective story but if you are wanting a lot of zombie action then try Rot and Ruin. Over all a good story and I'm looking forward to the next book!

  • Wallace

  • The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls - One Flying Disc at a Time
  • By: Jim Gorant
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Today, Wallace is a champion; but in the summer of 2005, he was living in a shelter, a refugee from a suspicious pit bull-breeding operation. Then Andrew “Roo” Yori entered the picture. A scientist and shelter volunteer, Roo could immediately see that Wallace was something special. While on his honeymoon, Roo learned that Wallace was about to be put down. Roo and his wife franticly fought to keep Wallace alive until they could return home to adopt him - even though they already had two dogs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Have Never Been so sad When a Book Ended.

  • By Leslie-Ann on 11-28-12
  • Wallace
  • The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls - One Flying Disc at a Time
  • By: Jim Gorant
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette

Love Pitt Bulls, Liked Wallace

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

Reviewed: 12-21-14

My main gripe about this book is that there was too much overview and not enough detail in the story. I was hoping for a little depth in how Wallace learned so quickly and so well. I wanted to know how his owner taught this underdog to become a great freesbie dog. Their is more in the story about Wallace's owner and about his owner's drive to win rather than about the dog. I just found that I grew bored of the story because of the lack of depth. Maybe there was just too much information to cover and the subject matter should have been narrowed down. I have recently rescued a pit bull who shows great intrest in freesbie but I failed to come away from this book with any real insight or inspiration. I gave this story 3 stars because I love dogs and the story was Okay.

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  • The Dragons of Dorcastle

  • The Pillars of Reality, Book 1
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,869

The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a Storm approaches, one that could sweep away everything humans have built. Only one person has any chance of uniting enough of Dematr behind her to stop the Storm, but the Great Guilds and many others will stop at nothing to defeat her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Huh....Well there are dragons. Kinda.

  • By Katie on 12-05-14

A Very Young YA novel

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

Reviewed: 12-21-14

As someone else aptly put it, this is a YA novel, adjust your expectations accordingly. I don't think that I could state it better. There are YA novels and then there are YA novels. As an adult I enjoy some of the YA novels that appeal to the older crowd. This is no Hunger Games. I would say that any one between the ages of 13-17 might enjoy this book if they are not expecting any extensive world building and are not expecting much in the way of depth from their novel. I did listen to the entire book and eventhough I found it to be very flat and poorly developed, i enjoyed the narrorator and, therefore, was able to listen to the entire story. I would say I would have to give the story a 2.5 star. I can't say I will be reading the next book in the series. Too many other good books out there.

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  • Relic

  • Pendergast, Book 1
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,041
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,078

Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Non-Perishable

  • By Snoodely on 05-26-10

Much Better Than the Movie!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-12

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

I really enjoyed the descriptions of the New York Museum of Natural History. The authors give a glimps into what the public dosen't see...the rest of the iceburg hidden below the depths of the waters. In a way this book made me think of the TV series Bones. A great adventure in many ways.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pendergast! Confident, quiet and smart with an adorable southern drawl. Pendergast is fantastic and I can't wait until I can read the next in the series.

What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

Any fan of audio books knows how important the narrarator is. They can either make or break a book. This is one of those narrarators that I would listen to even if the story was not something I was interested in. Fantastic! Lots of action, lots of interesting, well developed characters and never any confusion on who is who and what is what.

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

I don't scare easy. I find that most stories that are horror or supernatural are either dark and depressing or just gory. This book is the type of scary I like. The anticipation is wonderful. Monsters that going bump in the night!

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