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  • An Alex Delaware Novel
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 874

Even having hundreds of closed cases to his credit can't keep LAPD police lieutenant Milo Sturgis from agonizing over the crimes that don't get solved - and the victims who go without justice. Victims like Katherine Hennepin, a young woman strangled and stabbed in her home. A single suspect with a solid alibi leads to a dead end - one even Alex Delaware's expert insight can't explain. The only thing to do is move on to the next murder case - because there's always a next one.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best, but Rubinstein reading helps

  • By B. Riddick on 02-13-15

It's a mystery. that's it.

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

I'd never read J. Kellerman before and I guess I know why. This book was just a mystery. The characters walked, talked, speculated, interviewed, observed, ate, drank, slept and that's about it. The book had virtually no action and absolutely no suspense or thrill of any kind. Even at times when there should have been a great deal of urgency, characters acted calm and measured. Put the same story in any other murder writer's book and you'd find some adrenaline pumping or even (gasp) an exclamation mark of action. ugh.

  • Broken Ice

  • The Nils Shapiro Series, Book 2
  • By: Matt Goldman
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

Nils Shapiro has been hired to find missing Linnea Engstrom, a teenager from the small northern hockey town of Warroad, Minnestota. Most of Warroad is in Minneapolis for the state high school hockey tournament, and Linnea never returned from last night's game. Linnea's friend Haley Housch is also missing - and soon found dead. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super smart procedural with a touch of sarcasm...

  • By shelley on 06-16-18

Great murder mystery!

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

Loving Nils Shapiro. 2nd in a series and much better than the first one, and it was pretty good. Action, intrigue and just the right amount of twists. Write faster Matt Goldman!

  • The Secret Place

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,496
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,488

"The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well...I really liked 50% of it

  • By Pamela on 09-11-14

Stop. Even if you're a fan, skip this one.

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

To say this book is twice as long as it should be and overwritten is a monumental understatement. I like Tana French's past works, especially Faithful Place. This one is excruciating to listen to because of how everything is overdescribed. There is not much action and the silly bickering of the teenage girls truly grates on your nerves after a certain point. If this book were edited properly it would be a good listen. Just skip this one.

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  • The Woman in the Strongbox

  • By: Maureen O'Hagan
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 288

In this tantalizing true mystery of a stolen life, an acclaimed reporter and an identity theft investigator follow a series of incredible revelations about the actual identity of a wife, mother, and friend turned perfect stranger. Days after Lori Ruff’s suicide, her family discovered her hidden strongbox containing stunning evidence that her entire life had been invented. Her real identity was buried so deep it would take five years to unearth. Who was Lori Ruff?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth is stranger than fiction. Very interesting.

  • By Delah on 08-12-18

Fascinating true story.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

fascinating, brief, true. I enjoyed this mystery very much. one of my favorite narrators. great writing.

  • The Chalk Man

  • A Novel
  • By: C. J. Tudor
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,690
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,686

In 1986, Eddie and his friend are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy little English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code; little chalk stick figures they leave for each other as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing will ever be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Losing One’s Head

  • By DobieChuck on 01-15-18

Great performance! Eerie story.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

You might think you know where this story is going when it starts but you might be as wrong as I was. For that set of surprises I appreciate the book. It is a little darker than I like, but not too bad. Great narration and well paced between present day and past times. Easy to follow. Good amount of action.

  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,293

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO GOOD

  • By Anonymous User on 05-24-18

Really enjoyed the changing perspectives!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

I really enjoyed this book and yes, Lisa Jewell is a great writer and Duff is a pitch-perfect narrator in every way. However, I sense that Jewell had a great premise for a book but struggled to find the right way to wrap it up. She finally figures it out but it is not an ideal solution for most readers of this genre. Still I think you will enjoy it.

  • Head On (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,220

Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are "threeps", robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real, and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS is why I read SciFi! Scalzi gets into your head (be it on or off)

  • By C. White on 04-17-18

Scalzi and Wheaton are incredible! Love this one!

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

I like some sci-fi and Scalzi is one of the very best. With the possible exception of Ready Player One by E. Cline, this series of 2 (so far - hoping for more) about the Locked In syndrome and what comes from it is fantastic and pretty believable. Wheaton was born for this kind of thing and does a pitch perfect job of narration to Scalzi's fantastic, got-it-all storyline.

  • Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,067

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person - but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, an addictive thriller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By Debbie De on 06-03-18

Beautiful writing. Too long. very little action.

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

Church's voice is hypnotic but the story is far longer than it should be. Virtually everything that happens is outweighed by a far longer inner monologue.

  • 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 1,960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,841

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
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

Wonderful whodunit!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this whodunit! I thought I knew the answers and was thrilled to see that the story was far more complex than a bad TV murder mystery. Horowitz created memorable characters. Kinnear was a very good narrator EXCEPT for that half way through the book, he deepens the voice of one of the main characters. That was the only drawback I found.

  • Killman Creek

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith, Lauren Ezzo, Will Ropp, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,116

Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn't over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text... You're not safe anywhere now. Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has be-come a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin's victims, Gwen is going hunting.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Do people really act this stupid?

  • By MCubed on 03-11-18

Far too much interior monologue

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

I liked Stillhouse Lake but this book spent way too much time on the descriptions for feelings, fears, anger, etc. Action got unbelievable at times. It really felt like the author was making it up as she was writing it. Emily Sutton Smith was great. other voices were just okay. The Hispanic accent would frequently blur into an Asian accent.

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