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  • Depraved Heart

  • A Scarpetta Novel, Book 23
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,905
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,734
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,729

Dr. Kay Scarpetta is working a suspicious death scene when an emergency alert sounds on her phone. A video link lands in her text messages and seems to be from her computer-genius niece, Lucy. But how can it be? It's clearly a surveillance film of Lucy taken almost 20 years ago. As Scarpetta watches she begins to learn frightening secrets about her niece. That film clip and others sent soon after raise dangerous legal implications that increasingly isolate Scarpetta and leave her confused, worried, and not knowing where to turn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A train wreck you can't look away from.

  • By GH on 10-29-15

I give up. Seriously.

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

Reviewed: 11-16-15

Would you try another book from Patricia Cornwell and/or Susan Ericksen?

No

Has Depraved Heart turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Ericksen?

Anyone - her voice was extremely annoying.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

I've listened to them all, but enough is enough. I used to like these books before they became so repetitive. I hate Scarpetta and don't love the rest of them. The best thing that could happen in this series would be for Dr. Kay to finally get killed. What happened to the murder mysteries? These are now boring trips into Kay's psychosis. I know the moment I started hating the series - when she inexplicably had Marino attack Kay about 10 books ago. I should have stopped then. He was the only character I really cared about after she turned Lucy into a loon about 15 books back. I'm giving up now. I'm going to try to figure out how to return this without finishing it. It's hours of my life I'll never get back. Why waste them on this useless series. Ready your reviews, Patricia!

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131,703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,137

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A festival of personality disorders

  • By Paula Dee on 04-20-15

Great thriller..

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

Reviewed: 01-30-15

Would you listen to The Girl on the Train again? Why?

Not sure I would. I had a bit of a problem with the thick English drawl of the narrator.

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

Yes, though I did figure it out eventually!

  • Tailor

  • By: Tammy Vreeland
  • Narrated by: Tammy Vreeland
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

John is a small town reporter who has just been given the chance of a lifetime. The notorious serial killer Taylor the Tailor has requested him personally to write her life story. The catch is John has only three days before Taylor is to be electrocuted to interview her. During those three days John unravels a story like no other. Overwhelmed in just the first interview, John turns to his young assistant, Lauren, for help. Lauren readily agrees and heads to Taylor's hometown to come up with cold hard facts to help make Taylor's story a credible one. However, both Lauren and John quickly realize that Taylor's tale may not be that easy to prove.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasantly Surprised...

  • By Rae on 10-23-12

I don't know what I was thinking....

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

Reviewed: 09-27-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not. It was written in a very simplistic manner (which the horrible narration seemed to emphasize) and was incredibly predictable. I didn't have another book downloaded or I would have stopped dead in my tracks. I stuck it out - no surprises!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

When I heard the first few lines, I knew the author should not have narrated this story. I actually think her narration made the predictable, simplistically crafted story worse. A better narrator could have improved the experience. As it was, you found yourself cringing at the narration more than the story.

Was Tailor worth the listening time?

Not really.

  • Double Cross

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Peter J. Fernandez, Michael Stuhlbarg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625

Just when Alex Cross thought his life was calming down into a routine of patients and therapy sessions, he finds himself back in the game - this time to catch a criminal mastermind like no other. A spate of elaborate murders in Washington, D.C., have the whole East Coast on edge. They are like nothing Alex Cross and his new girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, have ever seen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen

  • By Jenna on 09-12-08

He's Back!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-07

Yes, Kyle Craig is back, but also James Patterson is back. Over the past few years, Patterson has been penning a growing number of books with co-authors. He's also been turning them out in mass quantity.

He seems to be back to normal in the latest Alex Cross novel (Double Cross). He's dating a new girl who is part of local law enforcement, and as we knew it would, his vow to stay away from the nasty guys didn't last long. Though his private practice is doing well, he is drawn into one of his new girlfriend's cases in a big way. Faster than you can say "Nana Mama", Alex is back in the know at the Washington PD and consulting on the latest mass murders.

About this time, his former buddy and convicted serial killer Kyle Craig makes an abrupt and unscheduled departure from maximum security and begins to reek his own special kind of havoc. We knew that Kyle was a bit miffed at Alex for bringing him in, and the Mastermind is back in action and consulting himself - with the new Washington area killer.

If you liked early Patterson, you'll really like this new one.