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  • The Perfect Husband

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682

What would you do if the man of your dreams hides the soul of a killer? Jim Beckett was everything she'd ever dreamed of...But two years after Tess married the decorated cop and bore his child, she helped put him behind bars for savagely murdering ten women. Even locked up in a maximum security prison, he vowed he would come after her and make her pay. Now the cunning killer has escaped - and the most dangerous game of all begins....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So many years to wait for the audible

  • By PAM ONEIL on 12-29-18

Harlequin!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

There should be a warning with these type books that they are a harlequin masquerading as a thriller!!! There are so many things ridiculous about this book I don’t know where to start! Macho military guy that is a trained killer who gets his but whooped by a cop more than once fairly easily. Woman who has been abused by her husband yet seems to enjoy the good guy being mean to her AND ruff sex (which the author seemed more intent on adding the ridiculous sex scenes then anything else), I mean the dude about had his tongue down her throat from the time she walked in the door!!! Cops are so stupid that they literally do ZERO correct! Oh and let me let the author in on a little secret, NOBODY carries or uses a .22 for self defense that has a clue and the word “clip” is used incite throughout the entire book! The story I guess wasn’t terrible believe it or not and I thought the author did a reasonable job with the “bad guy” and his psycho behavior. But to be honest every time the story switched back to the woman and the good guy (whatever his name was) it was literally sickening and so ridiculous that I almost turned it off every time! The only reason I kept listening actually was to find out how it would end so I guess that is somewhat of a positive point. But overall, unless you want a pitiful harlequin romance dressed up as a serial killer type thriller I’d pass... I want my credit back only because I feel like it was dishonest to sell me a romance book pretending it’s something else!

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  • Running with the Demon

  • Word and the Void, Book 1
  • By: Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772

On a very hot Fourth of July weekend, two strangers appear in Hopewell, Illinois, in the middle of a bitter steel strike. One, a Demon of the Void, will use the angry steel workers to attain his own terrible ends. The other, a Knight of the Word, dreams about a nightmarish future and spends every waking moment desperately trying to change its course. The fate of the town and, ultimately, of humanity depends on one exceptional 14-year-old girl, the only one who can see the otherworldly creatures that have begun to invade her home town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to press pause

  • By OrganicTaco99 on 02-23-16

Still undecided

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Believe it or not I’m still undecided! To be honest the only reason I finished was to see how it ended and also because I know there is many more books left in the series. Well, I mean “The Shannara” series... This being a prequel series I decided to read them first. Kinda disappointed but interested enough maybe to keep going just to get to “The Sword Of Shannara” just to see if it will all tie together well and maybe I’ll get attached to the overall storyline.
This specific book was not really what I thought it was gonna be. Read like a YA at best. I thought it would have been better being that there are several “Shannara” books that came before it but it was really rather shallow and uneventful in my opinion for most of the book.
I’m now debating moving on to the next in the prequel and hope it either gets better or I can just get through them in order to get to the Shannara chronicles but my fear is that those will be disappointing also, resulting in a lot of wasted time put into this series. Don’t know if any of that makes sense... Overall this book is about a girl who is stalked by a demon, has some characters that help her, eventually finds out some important info about her life all culminating in a final showdown and then it moves to the next book... There you go, you can take that info and move on and not even have to read this one... well, kinda but not really... At this point I realise this review is not helpful at all so I’ll just end it n...

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  • A Cold Day for Murder

  • A Kate Shugak Mystery
  • By: Dana Stabenow
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,768
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,476
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,476

Eighteen months ago, Aleut Kate Shugak quit her job investigating sex crimes for the Anchorage DA’s office and retreated to her father’s homestead in a national park in the interior of Alaska. But the world has a way of beating a path to her door, however remote. In the middle of one of the bitterest Decembers in recent memory ex-boss — and ex-lover — Jack Morgan shows up with an FBI agent in tow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty Realistic

  • By SMH on 09-01-16

Tried too hard!

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

To be honest it came off like someone that did a bunch of research about living in Alaska and then tried to write it all down sounding authentic. That and tried too hard to make a strong female character. Didn’t really pull it off well in my opinion. Other than that it was a decent read. Kinda average really. The narrator was decent but also came off like she was trying too hard to sound like a tough, in control female and didn’t pull it off well either. It was just a very easy listen... I don’t know what the definition of a “cozy” mystery is but this would be my guess as to what it is like.

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  • Ice Fall

  • By: Michael Edelson
  • Narrated by: John McLoughlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

After losing everything in a bitter divorce, Peter retreats to a secluded cabin in the Catskill Mountains, where he is trapped by earthquakes and months of unrelenting snow. Just as he is convinced he is the only survivor of a mysterious global cataclysm, he meets a woman seeking refuge from a past she won't reveal. Her arrival rescues him from unbearable isolation, but when the snow finally stops and her secret catches up with her, Peter is forced to choose between saving her life and following his conscience. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 08-06-18

Average

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

I did a review of his last book and my feelings are almost identical. Not sure why I decided to purchase this one other than the storyline sounded very interesting and I was hoping the writing would move from being juvenile to something better. I was wrong! I think this author has potential but needs major work. Excellent premise for a book but simply sub par writing. Hate to say it and hope he works on getting better but that’s the best I can do.

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  • Seed

  • By: Michael Edelson
  • Narrated by: Rob Zaleski
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Fifty people go to sleep in their own beds and wake up in a compound in the middle of the jungle. Men and women from all walks of life with only one thing in common - none of them know where they are or how they got there. Alex is a paratrooper. Yael is a mathematician. Max is a law professor. They can't leave - a lethal barrier surrounds the facility, but no one knows if it's there to keep them in, or to keep something out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seed is everythin Wayward pines should have been.

  • By Brian Hook on 10-12-16

Great potential!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

The premise was excellent! Maybe a bit of a steal from SK’s “Under The Dome” and even a few other books I’ve read but I’m ok with that. There was enough difference to make it perfectly fine even though there was a lot of similarities. The problem was, #1 the narrator ruined it for me! Sounded like a young, juvenile kid just reading through the story. #2 the writing was pretty juvenile in itself so it kinda matched the narration. But a good narrator could have made the difference I think.
I would hate to discourage the author because there was good potential but the characters and the storyline need to be fleshed out much better. Overall I would say it’s more like a YA novel at best and the only thing that kept me reading was that I did want to find out what had caused the entire... situation that they found themselves in. And if it hadn’t of been for the interesting premise I would have stopped listening just a few very short minutes after starting due to the poor narration. Some of these authors really need to understand that a narrator can make or break their book sometimes.

  • The Stand

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,035

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My First Completed Stephen King Novel

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 02-20-12

Is it Kings best work?

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I recently listened to IT on audible and it was much better than The Stand. I read them both many years ago and liked The Stand better. I think the narrator was just superb in IT! There’s not really much to say as far as reviewing this book tho. You’re either a SK fan or not I guess. Some of us struggle with his long winded ways at times but overall you can’t deny his ability to turn a phrase.
All I can really say is this book was not as good as I remember it to be but that’s not saying much. Been MANY years since I read it. It’s kinda a must tho if you think you’re a SK fan...

  • The Running Man

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820

It was the ultimate death game in a nightmare future America. The year is 2025 and reality TV has grown to the point where people are willing to wager their lives for a chance at a billion-dollar jackpot. Ben Richards is desperate - he needs money to treat his daughter's illness. His last chance is entering a game show called The Running Man where the goal is to avoid capture by Hunters who are employed to kill him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skip the intro

  • By Jball359 on 04-29-16

Meh

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

It’s been several years since I saw the movie but from what I remember, it is absolutely nothing like the book. I mean other than the fact that there’s a guy that enters into “the running man” contest... other then that it is completely different than the movie. As it turns out I didn’t really care for either one though. I remember thinking that the movie sucked but I might even think that the book may have been worse. Felt really short, almost like a novella but that might just be because I’m used to longer audible books.
So In the end i can confirm that the movie and the book are pretty much two completely different stories so at least you don’t have to worry about reading the book after watching the movie, that’s about all the good there is really. It was pretty boring to be honest!

  • End of Watch

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,978
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,193

In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of a great Trilogy

  • By Don Gilbert on 06-09-16

Depressing!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

Run of the mill, average story with a totally depressing slant! Actually I did not think the book was average. A bit below in my opinion but I guess it kept me interested enough to see how it ended. Didn’t care for the storyline as far as the out of body bullcrap! It came off like SK was just kinda winging it to me. Even so, it was well written and well performed by WP which is usually the case even if I don’t care for the storyline of SK.
I won’t say that you should skip it because it was decent enough but that’s about it...

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  • Finders Keepers

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,379
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,635

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far - a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes. "Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars for Will Patton reading Stephen King

  • By PlantCrone on 06-21-16

Detour...

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Good book but know that this book is a detour from, or around the Mr. Mercedes storyline with several of the same characters but a different story/investigation altogether. What is Interesting is there is still mention and snippets of the Mercedes story and the Mercedes killer mixed throughout this book. Especially at the end where it pretty much sets up the third book in the series to switch back to the Mercedes killer storyline, I’m pretty sure anyway.
As far as Finders Keepers goes, I guess it was pretty decent. Not great but interesting enough if for nothing else but to continue the story of the main characters I suppose. I guess I’m just saying that I don’t think it’s great but it is good enough to follow along and stay interested. That’s about all.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,553

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Will Patton great - story so so

  • By Randall on 06-19-18

Average at best!

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

What you have here is your basic SK average novel. Very well written as always, interesting and really good...in places, a few interesting and quirky characters... all mixed together with a WHOLE lot of boring in between!!! I admit that King has moments of brilliance with a few of his books but the rest are average at best and this is one of them. I passed it by several times due to reviews saying it wasn’t very good but based on a couple YouTube vid reviews I went ahead and got it because they went on and on about negative reviews being inaccurate. Well, they were wrong! Most interesting I guess was some of the references to other books and characters, which you would only be aware of if you’ve read the other books. Anyway, I could go on and on about how average this book was but I’ll stop. It definitely felt like a hodgepodge of pieces from several other books of his.

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