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  • Life or Death

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

Audie Palmer has spent 10 years in a Texas prison after pleading guilty to a robbery in which four people died and seven million dollars went missing. During that time he has suffered repeated beatings, stabbings and threats by inmates and guards, all desperate to answer the same question: where's the money?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing here makes sense

  • By L. M. Roberts on 04-30-15

Just a book going NOWHERE!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

I have generally loved Robotham's work. This is not a book I could like. There isn't a protagonist who is worthy of attention. The story line is convoluted and tiresome.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,470
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,097

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • STAY AWAY!!!

  • By Susan Olson on 06-02-18

Plodding, dreadful knock-off of Hitchcock films

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

Ugh! This is a dreadful book. Who-did-it is telegraphed in the first few chapters. The narrator has only one tone -- faux tension. The plot is a mash of Vertigo, Rear Window, and Psycho. In the post book interview, the author admits he was influenced by Hitchcock. I think he was not influenced enough. He misses the subtle plotting and tight editing of a Hitchcock film. Nothing about Hitchcock was derivative -- everything about this book is.

  • The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

  • By: Paula Poundstone
  • Narrated by: Paula Poundstone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 925

Is there a secret to happiness? Beloved comedian Paula Poundstone conducts a series of "thoroughly unscientific" experiments to find out, offering herself up as a guinea pig and recording her data for the benefit of all humankind. Armed with her unique brand of self-deprecating wit and the scientific method, in each chapter Paula tries out a different get-happy hypothesis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contemplative, with bursts of laughter

  • By Diana on 05-15-17

We all have a little Paula in us

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

I often listen to audiobooks when I can't sleep and I found myself wanting to wake up my bed partner to laugh with me over various segments of this book. Poundstone writes about everyday life -- about aspirations for children, about striving for illusory self-improvement, and about balancing career and family. She has a unique comedic voice. She is witty and smart and does not need to rely on profanity to advance her humor. Poundstone is courageous and honest about her life. Some of the fun of this book is identifying with her Most of us have experienced our own ineptness and been embarrassed by it. Poundstone celebrates hers in the best comedic sense.

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  • Suspect

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,219

After a woman is brutally slain, investigators bring psychiatrist Joe O'Loughlin in for expert consultation. Joe is shocked to discover the dead woman is a former patient of his who cried rape when he rebuffed her sexual advances. Citing doctor/patient confidentiality, Joe hides this information. But the truth emerges, and suddenly he is the prime suspect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • reviewers love it or hate it -- i loved it

  • By Kelly on 03-23-14

Wow! A worthy plot, unlikely pairing of characters

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

Thanks Audible for the "first in series" sale --- I have discovered a new favorite mystery series. Suspect is well plotted and has great tension -- did he or didn't he? It has surprise twists and turns, and a flip from bad to good in one of the protagonists. I'd like to write more, but that would spoil the book for listeners. Trust me, this is a good book!

  • Flowers from the Storm

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,207

He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Love This Book!

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 10-01-13

Complex story, wonderful reader

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

Sometimes, the synergy between author and narrator makes for a compelling listen. This is one of those books. While it falls in the genre of romance, the appeal of Flowers in the Storm is much broader -- how those who had strokes were treated (or not) when moral explanations for illness prevailed, how rigid some religious groups could be in handling behavior that offended them, and how families schemed to improve social or financial standing during the time of George III. Nicholas Boulton's resonant voice is perfect for the tale.

  • Into the Water

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Laura Aikman, Imogen Church, Daniel Weyman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,360
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,338

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely 15-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from - a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Hold Your Breath

  • By Mel on 05-07-17

Convoluted story telling not suitable for audio

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

I confess I was a marginal fan of The Girl on the Train. I felt that it was disordered in its telling -- a style I find overly self-conscious and "arty" without helping the plot. Hold on to your hats, Nellie, Into the Water is The Girl on steroids! If you like confused plots, this is for you. Each section is told by a different character, some from the past and from the present. Plot clues are given and then dropped only to be picked up a few hours of listening later. In my view, this book has been hyped to extremes and I suspect there are quite a few people who don't find the plot worth it (misogyny anyone) and the characters beyond credibility.

  • Turning Angel

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,782

As two of the most prominent citizens of Natchez, Drew Elliott and Penn Cage sit on the school board of their alma mater, St. Stephen's Prep. When the nude body of a young female student is found near the Mississippi River, the entire community is shocked - but no one more than Penn, who discovers that his best friend was entangled in a passionate relationship with the girl and may be accused of her murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Southern accents are best left to Southerners...

  • By Pat M. on 04-21-14

A gut-wrenching mystery with a difficult focus

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

Having had a chance to reflect on all 5 of Greg Iles' Penn Cage novels, I find this one the most difficult. On the surface, it involves gambling and drugs, but underneath the surface, it is sexual slavery and gruesome, illegal dog fighting. Perhaps it is my midwestern upbringing that makes it difficult to accept this degree of cruelty in our world.

I am not arguing against listening to this book -- just prepare yourself for a listening experience that goes in unexpected directions. Our hero and heroine rise to the challenges, and all is (sort of) well.

  • The Quiet Game

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,095

When former prosecutor Penn Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, he doesn't find the peace he desperately craves. He finds that his own father is being blackmailed by a corrupt ex-cop. And when Penn investigates, he uncovers a murderous secret - and the small town's violent past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Complex and Good Courtroom Drama!

  • By R. Pontiflet on 02-09-15

Fantastic first book in series of worthy mysteries

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

I have now completed the 5 major books in Greg Iles' Penn Cage series, so have the benefit of a much longer term perspective. This mystery, the first in the series, is riveting and compelling -- it introduces the central characters: Penn Cage, Katelyn Masters, Dr. Tom Cage, and a host of very bad KKK/Double Eagle people who have been responsible for death and mayhem in Natchez, Tenn. and neighboring communities. There is a good balance between the search for justice and the perils that an honest search poses in a corrupt political system. Most of us are familiar with the courageous actions of Freedom Riders and those who marched and fought for Civil Rights in the 1960's and beyond. This book places us in the late 1990's, racial repression has become more sinister and embedded in life in the South. I highly recommend -- clear the decks, you will be absorbed by this series.

  • Mississippi Blood

  • A Novel
  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 28 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,806

The endgame is at hand for Penn Cage, his family, and the enemies bent on destroying them in this revelatory volume in the epic trilogy set in modern-day Natchez, Mississippi - Greg Iles' epic tale of love and honor, hatred and revenge that explores how the sins of the past continue to haunt the present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good ending to the trilogy

  • By Taryn on 06-17-17

A fitting ending to this story

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

I have avidly listened to all 5 of the major Penn Cage books (there is an intermediate book, 3.5 that I have avoided). My attention has been subsumed by this series, so much so that my husband thought I had another man in my life. I did! This final book ties up many loose ends, yet still leaves some questions about the Double Eagles and their reign of terror in Mississippi. Also, Penn's father is still in prison and he has a serious health problem and a few enemies still pulling strings, so who knows, there may be a 6th.

Scott Brick is an excellent narrator, but a bit too breathy and dramatic to pull off the Southern twang necessary for all of the characters. That is a minor consideration.

My recommendation to all listeners is to start at the beginning and do the 125 hours of listening necessary to complete the series -- you will organize many things in home offices, closets, and kitchens. That is what I have been doing for two weeks!

  • The Bat

  • The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel
  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,639
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,484
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,491

Before Harry took on the neo-Nazi gangs of Oslo, before he met Rakel, before The Snowman tried to take everything he held dear, he went to Australia. Harry Hole is sent to Sydney to investigate the murder of Inger Holter, a young Norwegian girl who was working in a bar. Initially sidelined as an outsider, Harry becomes central to the Australian police investigation when they start to notice a number of unsolved rape and murder cases around the country. The victims were usually young blondes. Inger had a number of admirers, each with his own share of secrets, but there is no obvious suspect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First Harry Hole finally translated into English!!

  • By Byron on 09-07-13

The beginning of Harry Hole

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

I am glad I had read other, better Harry Hole books (The Snowman is a favorite) before reading this one. Nesbo has developed as a writer and Harry has become more sympathetic and multi-dimensional since this first book -- something we can appreciate. There is not the tension of morals that Harry experiences in later books, and his overt alcoholism (without insight) does not make him a likeable person in this first story. The antagonists are the usual lot -- drug dealers, prostitutes, bad cops, and Australian mobsters. There is a good exploration of the second class treatment of Australian Aboriginal people -- a social struggle that is still evident in modern Australia.

If you are a Nesbo fan, read this as a marker for how a writer's plotting evolves with experience.