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  • Dark Places

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,553

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark indeed

  • By DQmaine on 08-12-16

Another excellent production.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

This is my second Gillian Flynn book, and these productions take audiobooks to a whole new level. Not only are they well narrated, but the use of different narrators for the different perspectives in the story adds to what was already a great book.

  • The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist

  • A True Story of Injustice in the American South
  • By: Radley Balko, Tucker Carrington, John Grisham - foreword
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487

In The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist, Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington write a true story of Southern Gothic horror - of two innocent men wrongly convicted of vicious crimes and the legally condoned failures that allowed it to happen. Balko and Carrington will shine a light on the institutional and professional failures that allowed this tragic, astonishing story to happen, identify where it may have happened elsewhere, and show how to prevent it from happening again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • riveting

  • By T. Pratt on 03-12-18

Each chapter more shocking than the last

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

Move over Stephen King, there's a new master of horror in town. Trouble is, this one actually happened. This story is so difficult to believe, you'll find yourself googling for verification. Unfortunately, you'll find it.

Beyond the story being chronicled, you'll get a lot of historical information in this book as well. From the history of coroners, to an overview of some famous (and some more obscure) civil rights cases, this is the complete telling of a terrible story that will embarrass and anger you.

It is well written, well narrated, and an absolute must listen. It will be tough at times, because you're painfully aware of how deeply these injustices devastated the lives of the victims, but it's a story that needs to be told.

  • The Andromeda Strain

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,177

The United States government is given a warning by the preeminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best science + biology fiction book I have read

  • By Ryan Johnson on 07-31-15

Enjoyable, but abrupt ending.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

I really enjoyed the book, but the ending was a little abrupt and anticlimactic. Almost like he gave up on the story and moved on. Still, well narrated and an enjoyable experience.

  • 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 19,257
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17,710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17,656

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

Painstaking listen.

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

Maybe it's one of those things where you have to have agoraphobia, or know someone who does. The topic interested me, but as the story drug on the main character became less interesting and less likable. Her condition is too hard to understand or relate to in the extent to which it is taken in this story.

The plot is very slow to develop. You're halfway through the book before the murder takes place. The book is much more about the condition and back story of the main character than the mystery surrounding the murder.

The narration is decent. She does the best she can with the story. I did stick with it and finish the book, but to be honest I was glad when it was over.

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,906

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

First off, this is both a great book and a great movie. The story is compelling, the characters extraordinarily well developed, the writing top notch.

All of that aside, as an audiobook this is perhaps the best production I've encountered yet. It needed two narrators, a male and a female, and they found two who did a spectacular job.

  • While You Were Sleeping

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 924

Tara Logan adores her perfect little family: husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and 11-year-old Spencer. But her happiness is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee Jacobs' bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them. And worse - he has been stabbed to death. Convinced she didn't kill Lee, Tara flees home and stays silent, holding her breath as the investigation grips the neighbourhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Croft does it again! Outstanding British Mystery!

  • By Karen Ross on 12-06-17

Great murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I really enjoyed this book. It's well written, suspenseful, and an easy listen. The narration was fantastic. I wasn't familiar with this author but I'll check her out again.

  • The Good Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,751

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father - Pikeville's notorious defense attorney - devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself - the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again, Charlie is plunged into a nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Karin Slaughter has done it again!

  • By shelley on 08-09-17

Entertaining, but not exceptional.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

It's a good story, but told in a redundant and somewhat tedious manner. At times the plot gets lost in a hyper focus on the emotions of the characters. Where the characters should be merely acting in character, the author seems to be still building the character long after the character is set.

The narration is decent, but I found her use attempted use of a male voice type for the male characters to detract from the story, specifically in the case of Rusty.

  • Helter Skelter

  • The True Story of the Manson Murders
  • By: Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,366

Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything I remembered about the case was wrong..

  • By karen on 06-22-12

Exceptional book on Manson.

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Born in the early 70s, a lot of this information was new to me. On purchasing the book, I wasn't fully aware that the author was the prosecutor in the Manson Family trial. This makes the book a "must read" for anyone interested in the case as it has a lot of behind-the-scenes info, and even a few glimpses into arguments made in chambers.

  • The Lost World of Genesis One

  • Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate
  • By: John H. Walton
  • Narrated by: Steve Coulter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354

In this astute mix of cultural critique and biblical studies, John H. Walton presents and defends 20 propositions supporting a literary and theological understanding of Genesis 1 within the context of the ancient Near Eastern world and unpacks its implications for our modern scientific understanding of origins.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The world is functionally God's temple

  • By Jacobus on 09-07-15

Companion to LW of Adam and Eve

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

This is a deeper delve into the Genesis 1 aspect of The Lost World of Adam and Eve. He cites further evidence for the case expounded there that the Biblical account of creation can and perhaps should be viewed as a creation of functions more than or apart from a creation of material.

It is important to note that he teaches that God is the creator of all matter, suggesting merely that Genesis 1 isn't a scientific account of that creation.

In my opinion, he does a solid job laying out his case. Lacking formal education in theology and understanding that some theologians will necessarily disagree, as a layperson I find his argument credible and believable.

As a person who has rejected the existence of God based on my understanding of science, this book along with his aforementioned work has caused me to open my eyes to new possibilities and further research and consider the possibility of a deity. On this point, one better educated in science might disagree.

The point being, I'm not an expert on the subject matter. However, as a reader it entertained and enlightened me while stimulating further interest in the subject matter. For that reason, you can likely see why I consider this book to be well worth the time and money I invested in it.

  • Duma Key

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: John Slattery
  • Length: 21 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,912

A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Play the Book and Let the Book Play You

  • By OldDog on 11-09-09

Not King's best, but still good.

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I enjoyed the story, but the ending wasn't great. Without playing spoiler, there was one scene that became apparent before it arrived, was indeed foreshadowed, but almost in an attempt to convince the reader that it wouldn't happen it played out in an illogical manner. There's a tie in later that made it "necessary", but that scene was also poorly played out and the book would've benefited from not having it.

That aside, the characters are intriguing, the book well written, and the story well narrated. Overall I enjoyed it.