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  • Suspect

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,276

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Page Turner!!

  • By Jacqueline on 01-22-13

Loved the connection with the dog

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

This was an easy listen and I loved the connection with the dog. The story line was a little predictable when it came to who the bad guys were but still not a bad story. Loved hearing about the canine training unit. One problem was that the author kept emphasizing how big Maggie the German Shepard was -85 lbs. 85 lbs is not overly big for a German Shepard. My mixed breed dog is 85 lbs and is little compared to the German Shepard we see at the dog park daily. 120 lbs would be a big German Shepard.

  • The Heavens May Fall

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray, David Colacci, Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,081

Detective Max Rupert's and attorney Boady Sanden's friendship is being pushed to the breaking point. Max is convinced that Jennavieve Pruitt was killed by her husband, Ben. Boady is equally convinced that Ben, his client, is innocent. As the case unfolds, the two are forced to confront their own personal demons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2017 Audie Nominee

  • By Bob on 02-20-17

Interesting premise for a murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

I enjoyed listening to this book because it wasn't predictable. The characters were human and relatable. There were several twists and turns and didn't go where I thought it would.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

  • By: Katarina Bivald
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham, Lorelei King
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 804

It all began with a correspondence between two quite different women: 28-year-old Sara from Haninge, Sweden, and 65-year-old Amy from the small town of Broken Wheel, Iowa. After years of exchanging books, letters and thoughts on the meaning of literature and life, Sara, mousy, disheveled, who has never been anywhere in her life - has really lived only for her work in a beloved bookshop, which has just closed its doors for the last time - bravely decides to accept her unknown friend's invitation to visit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed - no depth & poor narration

  • By Kelly on 01-28-16

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 02-22-16

The narration was excellent and brought the characters to life. The disappointing part that this was more of a romance than it was a story about books and how they reflected people's personalities or how they changed the lives of the people who read them. I expected more about the books like Will Schwabe did in the "End of Life Book Club". I was disappointed that it was more a middle of the road romance.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • One of Our Thursdays is Missing

  • A Novel
  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 589

Deftly blending such genres as mystery, science fiction, and classic literature, Jasper Fforde’s gleefully irreverent New York Times best-selling Thursday Next novels defy categorization. In this sixth installment, the threat of all-out Genre war looms over BookWorld. But with the real Thursday Next retired in the real world, the Council of Genres has no other choice than to tap the fictional Thursday to save the day. Her mission as emissary is to prevent the brewing war—but her task is made more difficult by a hidden foe manipulating events.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not really a Thursday Next book

  • By Kevin on 03-10-11

Fun story but you need to know literature

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

Reviewed: 03-27-15

This was a fun story to listen to but anyone listening needs to know literature to catch all of the references and understand the character. What great imagination Jasper Fford has!

  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,483

All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once you finish it, you'll listen again!

  • By Cathleen on 10-05-06

Interesting characters

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

Reviewed: 03-24-15

The is a story that has so many plot lines going that it gets a bit too convoluted. The characters are interesting especially when it becomes clear who is who. The plot line becomes a bit too twisted for my liking, however. The ending didn't seem logical to me either.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Water

  • A Shetland Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747

When the body of a journalist is found, Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted from outside to head up the investigation. Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his local knowledge is needed in this case, and he decides to help Willow. The dead journalist had left the islands years before to pursue his writing career. In his wake, he left a scandal involving a young girl. When Willow and Jimmy dig deeper, they realize that the journalist was chasing a story that many Shetlanders didn't want to come to the surface.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric mystery

  • By Julie Jones on 03-13-14

Unexpected twist

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

Reviewed: 01-11-15

I enjoyed this book because of the characters and the unexpected twist at the end. I'll read more of this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • On What Grounds

  • By: Cleo Coyle
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,872
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,664
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,668

Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stands out

  • By Pam on 06-07-13

Murder mystery or a Harlequin romance?

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

Reviewed: 11-21-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not a particularly good use of my time. Some of the characters were interesting enough but the tendency of the author to wonder off into romantic fluff made it a waste of time.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I love murder mysteries but I think I will stick to authors whose writing style I enjoy more.

What three words best describe Rebecca Gibel’s performance?

I did like Rebecca Gibel's delivery of the text except when she was reading the parts of the ex-husband. He just sounded swarmy.

Do you think On What Grounds needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Definitely not.

Any additional comments?

For the most part this was a straightforward murder mystery but then it would drift off into a Harlequin romance style with men with abs of steel and women with heaving breasts. These parts totally ruined the story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Hidden Depths

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

A hot summer on the Northumberland Coast, and Julie Armstrong arrives home from a night out to find her son murdered. Luke has been strangled, laid out in a bath of water, and covered with wild flowers. This stylised murder scene has Inspector Vera Stanhope and her team intrigued. But then a second body, that of beautiful young teacher Lily Marsh, is discovered in yet another watery, flower bestrewn grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rivetting

  • By ACT1 on 12-11-11

New Favorite British Detective Series

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

Reviewed: 11-09-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Hidden Depths to be better than the print version?

I loved Anne Dover's reading of this novel. She gave such life and understanding to the Vera Stanhope character that I felt it was Vera herself telling the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vera Stanhope was someone who I felt I would like to sit down and have a cup of tea with but I also knew that she would be holding something back as we talked. She was intriguing to get to know as the novel went on.

Have you listened to any of Anne Dover’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have liked to listen to it all in one sitting but I didn't have that much time so I listened to it for several days in a row. I looked forward to hearing more of the story every day that I could listen to it.

Any additional comments?

I am looking forward to hearing more of the Vera Stanhope series. I found out that these stories are a TV series in Britain. Unfortunately they are not available on Netflix or PBS.

  • The Lightning Thief

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,734
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,790

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, terrible narration.

  • By Ariel on 02-05-14

Greek Mythology meets the future

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

Reviewed: 10-27-13

Where does The Lightning Thief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This audiobook was very good but it isn't the best I have listened to. The narration was well done and the story line is interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

Percy is a very typical 12 year old boy with ADD. Anyone who has dealt with kids that age will recognize all the sign of an Attention Deficit child but the fact that there is another reason for Percy's behavior is what is intriguing.

Which scene was your favorite?

The Lotus Hotel was a place that most of us think we will like to spend time but it fact it is a trap that takes away free will. The description made it very real to me and I kept thinking of the old Eagles' song "Hotel California".

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Greek Mythology meets the Future

Any additional comments?

If you like the Harry Potter series, you will probably like this one too.

  • Speaking from Among the Bones

  • A Flavia de Luce Novel
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006

Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the best Flavia yet!!

  • By Donald on 03-17-13

Had to stop listening

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

Reviewed: 05-14-13

What did you like best about Speaking from Among the Bones? What did you like least?

The story line seemed okay but I had to stop listening to the story because Jayne Entwistle's voice drove me crazy.

Would you be willing to try another book from Alan Bradley? Why or why not?

I might try another another Alan Bradley book but only if someone else is narrating it. I might go to the public library and see if they have a print copy of the book/series so I can read the story without having to listen to the high whiny voice of Jayne Entwistle.

How could the performance have been better?

If Entwistle had spoken like a normal young girl instead of adopting such a high whiny voice, it might have been tolerable. I know many young girls and none of them talk like that. If they did, their parents would tell them to stop whining and say what they want in a proper tone of voice.

Could you see Speaking from Among the Bones being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I couldn't say because I didn't get that far into the book because of the performance.

Any additional comments?

I was looking forward to this book because of an interview with Alan Bradley on CBC with Shelagh Rogers. I thought that the book sounded interesting because of the characters and the plot but I was very disappointed in the performance.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful