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  • Man Overboard

  • An Ali Reynolds Novel
  • By: J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by: Karen Ziemba
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458

Roger McGeary, a brilliant software engineer, has gifted himself with an upscale cruise in honor of his 40th birthday. When he falls to his death from the balcony of his stateroom suite, the incident is quickly declared a suicide. Only his maiden aunt, a tough-as-nails woman who runs a racehorse refuge, refuses to take "case closed" for an answer and turns to Ali Reynolds at High Noon Enterprises to look into the situation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative

  • By Jean on 04-20-17

Dreadful premise

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Suicide manipulation? Awful! Smart people being obtuse or just plain downright stupid. Expected way more from this author.

  • In God's Path

  • The Arab Conquests and the Creation of an Islamic Empire
  • By: Robert G. Hoyland
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

In just over a hundred years - from the death of Muhammad in 632 to the beginning of the Abbasid Caliphate in 750 - the followers of the Prophet swept across the whole of the Middle East, North Africa, and Spain. Their armies threatened states as far flung as the Franks in Western Europe and the Tang Empire in China. The conquered territory was larger than the Roman Empire at its greatest expansion, and it was claimed for the Arabs in roughly half the time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Islamic conquest history from the outside

  • By SAMA on 01-22-15

Needed Visuals

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

Don’t know enough about these parts of the world, especially the ancient place names. Really needed to the maps, which are in the book and referred to by the reader. Family tree wouldn’t helped too.

  • Hidden Bodies

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,098
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,665

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past 10 years, this 30-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he's heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him. In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can't stop looking over his shoulder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Approach With Caution, All Ye Who Enter Here

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-25-16

Not Sure About This One

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Almost stopped reading this - but decided to finish. I’m left feeling really ambivalent about it. Not sure if it was entertaining. Not a murder mystery, although there are murders. Not sure I’d recommend the book. Maybe the reader made it likeable. I would like to ask the author “say what?”

  • Luckiest Girl Alive

  • A Novel
  • By: Jessica Knoll
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,479
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,493

Ani FaNelli seems to have it all: a glamorous job at a glossy magazine, an enviable figure with the wardrobe to match, and a handsome fiancé from a distinguished blue-blood family. But Ani FaNelli is an invention, that veneer of perfection carefully assembled in an attempt to distance herself from a shocking, sordid past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Strange, unnerving, confusing.

  • By Candice on 12-06-15

Almost Sent It Back

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

First couple of chapters the protagonist is so shallow, so New York, so millennial I almost stopped listening. But stuck it out. There was more going on as you got into the book more.

  • Sycamore Gap

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan believes he has put his turbulent history behind him. Then, in the early hours of the summer solstice, the skeleton of a young woman is found inside the Roman Wall at Sycamore Gap. She has lain undiscovered for 10 years, and it is Ryan's job to piece together her past. Enquiry lines cross and merge as Ryan is forced to face his own demons and enter into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who seems unstoppable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sort of a cliffhanger..

  • By Trish R. on 09-03-16

Please!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-17

Not a police procedural. Evil, powerful conspiracy throughout the force and various peripheral characters. Too far fetched. . .

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  • Another Man's Treasure

  • Palmyrton Estate Sale, Book 1
  • By: S.W. Hubbard
  • Narrated by: Janelle Tedesco
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

As the owner of an estate sale business, Audrey Nealon knows a lot about art, antiques, and the unlikely places old people hide their treasures. But the shabby home of an elderly widow holds alarming surprises: street drugs in the silverware drawer, a trunkful of jewels in the attic, and the distinctive ring Audrey's mother was wearing the night she disappeared. Believing the truth will bring her peace, Audrey relentlessly pursues clues to her family's troubled history. But each fact Audrey uncovers drags her further away from the love she craves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By erobbins33 on 10-03-16

Editor Needed

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

George McGovern did not run for president in 1968. How could such a glaring error make it thru the editing process?

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  • The Devil's Workshop

  • Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, Book 3
  • By: Alex Grecian
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 313

London, 1890: Four vicious murderers have escaped from prison, part of a plan gone terribly wrong, and now it is up to Walter Day, Nevil Hammersmith, and the rest of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad to hunt down the convicts before the men can resume their bloody spree. But they might already be too late. The killers have retribution in mind, and one of them is heading straight toward a member of the Murder Squad, and his family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Thin Plot with Lots of Gore

  • By Judith A. Weller on 12-31-14

Bloody

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

Reviewed: 12-14-16

If you like bloody thrillers . . . This series is for you. Reader keeps you interested and listening.

  • Death in Zanzibar

  • By: M. M. Kaye
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Dany Ashton is invited to vacation at her stepfather's house in Zanzibar, but even before her airplane takes off there is a stolen passport, a midnight intruder - and murder. In Zanizbar, the family house is Kivulimi, the mysterious "House of Shade", where Dany and the rest of the guests learn that one of them is a desperate killer. The air of freedom and nonchalance that opened the house party fades into growing terror, as the threat of futher violence flowers in the scented air of Zanzibar.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Read don't listen

  • By Deanna on 07-17-14

Dated but ...,

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

Reviewed: 11-05-16

Definitely dated but interesting. Meant to relevant to it's time, 60 years later the US still has a Mid East problem and Africa is more complicated than we realize.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alert

  • By: James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
  • Narrated by: Danny Mastrogiorgio, Henry Leyva
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,501
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,311

New Yorkers aren't easily intimidated, but someone is doing their best to scare them badly. Why? After two inexplicable high-tech attacks, the city that never sleeps is on edge. Detective Michael Bennett, along with his old pal, the FBI's Emily Parker, have to catch the shadowy criminals who claim responsibility - but they're as good at concealing their identities as they are at wreaking havoc.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Moves at the Perfect Pace - Patterson is back!

  • By Vicki on 08-17-15

Worst reader

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

Reviewed: 07-31-16

Would rate the main reader zero stars if I could! Declarative sentences turned into questions??? Annoying to say the very least.

  • The Nightmare

  • A Novel
  • By: Lars Kepler
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 202

On a summer night, police recover the body of a young woman from an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around the Stockholm archipelago. Her lungs are filled with brackish water, and the forensics team is sure that she drowned. Why, then, is the pleasure boat still afloat, and why are there no traces of water on her clothes or body?.... After spellbinding audiences in The Hypnotist, Detective Inspector Joona Linna is back in The Nightmare, an internationally best-selling Swedish thriller published to critical acclaim in dozens of countries.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Tale of Two Authors

  • By Amanda on 07-08-12

Not a procedural

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

Reviewed: 06-06-16

Suspend your common sense. Some of the action depends on people being truly idiots. The multimillionaire psychotic is a little hackneyed to say the least.