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  • Faithful Place

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,052

New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-19-10

Can't get enough of Tana French!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-12

When I first realized that the main character was Mackey, I almost didn't download it. I loved Tana French's first two novels, so I went ahead and purchased The Faithful Place. I AM SO GLAD I DID! The Faithful Place is my favorite of the three that French has written so far. Mackey is definitely easier to relate to in this one. His famly and background explain a lot about his character and add depth. The conflict within his family is heart-breaking and the mystery surrounding the disappearance and death of his girlfriend from long ago left me guessing. The narrator was excellent, though his Irish brogue isn't as thick as the narrators in the previous novels. Even if you don't like Mackey's character in The Likeness, this is a must read for any Tana French fan.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Stolen Life

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jaycee Dugard
  • Narrated by: Jaycee Dugard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,785
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,282

"In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific

  • By Daniel on 07-27-11

Honest yet sad...

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

Reviewed: 10-14-11

After purchasing this audio book, it took me a while to actually listen to it. I wasn't sure if I really wanted to know the details of the horrible life that Jaycee Dugard had to live during her captivity. Jaycee does not hold back - she is very honest in describing the things that Phillip Garrido did to her and how difficult it was to live. To hear directly from her what her thought process was and how she managed to make it through this time was very interesting. I liked hearing Jaycee narrate her own book, and I admire her strength. However, it is a difficult story to listen to.

  • Grave Goods

  • By: Ariana Franklin
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436

When a fire at Glastonbury Abbey reveals two skeletons, rumor has it they may belong to King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. King Henry II hopes so, for it would help him put down a rebellion in Wales, where the legend of Celtic savior Arthur is strong. To make certain, he sends Adelia Aguilar, his Mistress of the Art of Death, to Glastonbury to examine the skeletons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A surprising thrill ride

  • By Wadie on 09-20-09

Great story, awesome narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-03-11

This is the third in the series. It was typical Ariana Franklin. The story was good, not my favorite but definitely worth the read. If you like historical thrillers you will enjoy this one. If you read Franklin's other novels in this series and enjoyed them, you will not be disappointed. The twists were great and even the new characters were enjoyable. The narrator is awesome! If you have read the first two, you have to read this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Likeness

  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,380

Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really on a Different Level

  • By Michael on 07-05-10

LOVE TANA FRENCH!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-11

The Likeness is the second in the series by Tana French with the character, Cassie Maddox. This one starts about 6 months after the case that is depicted in the first novel, In the Woods. While I liked In the Woods, I was a little disappointed with the ending. The Likeness did not disappoint at all. French's writing is current, and she writes a good story. The characters are well-rounded and relatable. French brings them to life - warts and all. Cassie's internal struggle is believable, and gives her depth. The language is current, and the story flows easily.

The plot is excellent. I wasn't totally sure of how it would end - though I had narrowed down "who did it" pretty close. I especially liked the occasional reference to the previous book. Someone who hasn't read In the Woods could still read this one with no problem - the references were subtle and like finding a prize every now and then. For example, at the end of In the Woods, Ryan tells about a call where there was no voice on the end, then a hang up - then in The Likeness, Cassie makes a call and hangs up.

The narrator is good. At first I didn't know if I would like her, but by the end of the book - I cannot imagine any other voice as that of Cassie Maddox. There is an Australlian accent that is pretty bad, but it is not a main character, and everything else is perfect. I'm now a huge Tana French fan and can't wait to read her next one!!!!!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In the Woods

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,575
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,558

As dusk approaches a Dublin suburb in 1984, mothers call their children home. But on this evening, three children do not return. When the police arrive, they find only one of them. He is gripping a tree trunk, wearing blood-filled sneakers and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours. Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective. When a girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox must investigate a case chillingly similar to the unsolved mystery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)

  • By Dottie B. on 02-14-13

Good book. Great charaters. Awesome narrator.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-11

In the Woods by Tana French was a surprisingly good book. I'm always a little tentative about trying out new authors, so I was thrilled to find myself in the middle of an exciting novel with characters that I really connected to. In fact, I would have given the story and overall a five if the ending wasn't so disappointing. Hopefully some of the loose ends will be resolved in future books. The characters were well-written, I felt like I knew them all intimately. I loved the interplay between the main character and his partner - the way they worked together was realistic and entertaining. The double plot - the current day murder and the detectives childhood tragedy - worked well together. They were entertwined masterfully and kept me on the edge of my seat waiting for what would come next. I just downloaded Tana French's next novel and can't wait to start it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Romanov Prophecy

  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 393

In 1917, Nicholas II, Tsar of Russia, was executed by revolutionaries. Now, in response to the collapse of the country's economy, the people have voted to instate a new Tsar, one who will be chosen from the descendents of Nicholas II. But a powerful group of Western businessmen want to make sure he is a candidate they can control, and hire African-American lawyer Miles Lord, with his knowledge of Russian language and history, to check the background of their chosen man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was well worth it.

  • By Christopher on 09-29-04

Great Read...

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

Reviewed: 09-10-11

The Romanov Prophecy takes the reader on an exciting whirlwind escapade that travels from Russia to the U.S. in a Bourne-esque fashion. I have always been fascinated by the tragedy of the Romanov assasination and the hope that two of the children survived - and this novel played on that interest with a plot reminiscent of the Da Vinci Code. There are many twists and turns, an age-old prophecy, cryptic messages, and a secret society.

The characters are well-formed and believable. The language is easy to read and flows nicely. The narrator is excellent. He does a great Russian accent and easily transitions from that to the southern accent. He has the perfect voice for a historical thriller with a government conspiracy thrown in. I never became bored or had a hard time following along. This is an excellent audio that I highly recommend.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Emperor's Tomb

  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 928

The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors, has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though it’s regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won’t allow anyone to open it. Why? That question is at the heart of a dilemma faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, whose life is shattered when he receives an anonymous note carrying an unfamiliar Web address.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dull

  • By Eva Gannon on 12-11-10

Interesting story - cliche' characters

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-11

While I am fascinated by Chinese history and love thrillers/mysteries that are set in this area of the world, the characters detracted from what should have been an excellent novel. The descriptions and actions of the main characters were interesting, but the dialogue is contrite and reminds me of a bad movie. The actions scenes were predictable - and there was very little surprise. Some of the monologues about Chinese emperors and dynasties went on a bit long - even I became a bit bored. I did enjoy the descriptions of the Chinese artifacts and tombs. I also found the background of the terracotta army fascinating. The narrrator was pretty good. It is a good read, but I wouldn't pay full price for it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mistress of the Art of Death

  • A Novel
  • By: Ariana Franklin
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743

In medieval England, four children have been murdered, and the townsfolk blame their Jewish neighbors. The doctor chosen to investigate is a woman, Adelia. As she examines the victims and retraces their last steps, she must conceal her true identity in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she's assisted by Sir Rowley Picot, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. A former Crusader knight, Rowley may be a needed friend - or the fiend for whom they are searching.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good story wonderfully set

  • By Jami E. Nettles on 02-17-07

Medieval "Bones" or "Crossing Jordan"

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-11

Mistress of the Art of Death is a medieval version of Crossing Jordan or Bones. The main character is a woman doctor/coroner during a time period that viewed women as "less than" and expected them to make babies and cook. She struggles between being detached and scientific as she experiences myriad feelings within the small town of Cambridge. As a who-done-it, I thought I had figured out who the murderer was only to find out I was wrong. The other characters in the book have depth and are well-rounded. I became invested in each of them. The details about life in a time that had no technological advances were fascinating. The narrator does a fantastic job.. Her accent does not detract from the story - in fact, it adds to it. She even does well on the male voices. The only negative I could see was that it did go on a bit long after the murderer was discovered - but once I reached the end I understood why and am looking forward to more adventures with this character.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,940

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Mystery with Wonderful Characters

  • By Robert on 12-22-08

Disappointing. Great story dragged down by details

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-26-10

The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo is a good story dragged out too far to make it truly enjoyable. I was very torn between whether I should turn off the book because it was so long and tedious or I should hang in there with the hope that the conclusion would redeem the first 17 chapters of unending minutia. Whle the last third was excellent - it still did not make up for the first two-thirds.

On the positive side, Larson is an excellent writer. The characters are so well-written and detailed that the reader has a vested relationship with each one. The plot is meticulous and no detail is left unturned. Each character's history and thought process is thoroughly laid out. Unfortunately, it is this attention to detail that comes back to haunt the author. While there is some graphic imagery that can be disturbing, I believe it contributes to the storyline and is well within reason.

Some of the character background is gratuitous, and one-third of the book could be cut down to a more concise version that keeps the reader involved and doesn't become boring.

There are actually two separate plots that are carried through - (1) a murder mystery, and (2) a David and Goliath fight between a major corporation and a financial journalist. I believe that it is the massive detail put into explainng the financial story that drags down the entire book.

I really wanted to enjoy this book. I was excited about starting it and was expecting a well-written and intellectual story. I was severely disappointed and almost gave up during Chapter 16. I can't recommend spending money on this title. If you have any available credits, it may be worth it if you are willing to hang in there until the end. Otherwise, The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo is disappointing.

  • The Confession

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,009

An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I confess, I loved it!

  • By Suzn F on 11-01-10

I see another movie on the way!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-10

Grisham's new book is an excellent work that I could not stop listening to! The Confession is written in typical Grisham fashion, along the line of A Time to Kill, The Chamber and The Rainmaker. The characters are realistic and the narrator captures the essence of each personality. The plot is both intriguing and maddening. The subject is controversial - an accused murderer less than one week away from execution. When a man walks into a pastor's office and states he is the real killer - the rush to stop the execution and determine if the man is truthful or crazy begins.The twists and turns kept me on edge and I experienced an entire array of emotion from anger to incredulousness to sadness. Anyone who is a John Grisham fan MUST READ The Confession. For those who have never read a Grisham novel, this one will start you on an obsession to read all of his books. If I could have given 10 stars... The Confession would have them all!

2 of 6 people found this review helpful