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  • Write to Die

  • By: Charles Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,059

Hollywood's latest blockbuster is all set to premiere - until a faded superstar claims the script was stolen from her. To defend the studio, in steps the Harold Firm, one of Los Angeles's top entertainment litigation firms and as much a part of the glamorous scene as the studios themselves. As a newly minted partner, it's Rory Calburton's case, and his career, to win or lose.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Good Storyline.....

  • By R. Pontiflet on 12-18-16

You have got to be kidding me....

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone that likes long, boring fictional litigation....

Has Write to Die turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator was good, the story line was pathetic.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

This book never developed at all. I kept waiting for it to get better, it never did. So much detail about nothing. Nothing at all. I can't believe it got published. All the wonderful books that never make it and this junk gets published.

  • The Price of Justice

  • By: Marti Green
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 900
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 823

Seven years ago, Winston Melton was on top of the world: a privileged kid fresh off his first semester at Princeton. Life was perfect - until he was accused of the rape and murder of an ex-girlfriend. Years after his conviction, another death-row inmate has come forward with an 11th-hour confession, casting Win's conviction in a new light. But with the ink drying on his death sentence, time is running short.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Vanilla

  • By Richard Hallum on 02-10-16

Nice criminal law book.

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

Easy to listen to. Very educational about the injustice of our criminal system. Good story to tie into the fight for justice. Really made me think about things in a different way.

  • Sworn to Silence

  • A Thriller
  • By: Linda Castillo
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746

In the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and "English" residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But 16 years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belonged with the Amish. Now, a wealth of experience later, Kate has been asked to return to Painters Mill as Chief of Police. She's certain she's come to terms with her past - until the first body is discovered in a snowy field.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I'm sorry.....

  • By SHEILA on 08-01-09

Goodness, gore, graphic, and lots of profanity!!

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

Reviewed: 03-14-16

What did you love best about Sworn to Silence?

I did not love anything about this book. I liked it, but I did like the plot, but was sickened by the details, and twisted motives in this story. Linda Castillo must be pretty twisted herself to come up with this stuff. Less gore and more story and I would have enjoyed this book. I am just not into every little twisted detail.

Would you be willing to try another book from Linda Castillo? Why or why not?

The profanity and gore are a turn off. I don't think I will move on to book two for those two reasons.

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

It's been done....an amish murder...lifetime movie network..

Any additional comments?

I liked it, but would like to have read a censored version....I guess I'm a wimp...

  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,004

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting

  • By AudioAddict on 08-23-15

Very different story in this book.

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

Reviewed: 03-14-16

Would you try another book from Peter Swanson and/or the narrators?

I like the main narrator, and will look into other books of hers.

Would you recommend The Kind Worth Killing to your friends? Why or why not?

No, it really isn't the type of story I like.

What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

Good insight to sociopathic mindset. Good twists and turns.

Any additional comments?

I never would have listened to this book if I had known what it was like. That being said, it is very well written. No spoilers, just not my type of story.

  • Charm City

  • Tess Monaghan, Book 2
  • By: Laura Lippman
  • Narrated by: Deborah Hazlett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 402

PI Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore. It's a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular sport. Business tycoon Wink Wynkowski is trying to change all that by bringing pro basketball to town--until a devastating expose appears in the Baltimore Beacon Light. The newspaper's editors thought they'd killed the piece. Instead, the piece killed Wink, who's found dead in his garage. Tess is hired to find the unknown hacker who planted the lethal story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • On of my favorites

  • By BJG on 05-05-10

Nice addition to this series.

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

Reviewed: 03-14-16

What made the experience of listening to Charm City the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the introduction of a dog.

Any additional comments?

This is a good book, but it did take me a bit to really get into it. Once it was past the second chapter I enjoyed it.

  • Sylvester

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705

When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She finds him insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and begin a new-found liking and respect for each other.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged... but its Richard Armitage!

  • By Abigail on 02-19-11

My second book for Heyer. About a C average.

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

Reviewed: 03-14-16

Would you try another book from Georgette Heyer and/or Richard Armitage?

I like Mr. Armitage, even though he seems to have a speech impediment, and will listen to another book his narrates. He delivered a great performance. I don't know if I will listen, though, if it is a book by miss Heyer. I am not a fan so far of her work. It seems much of the story that she writes doesn't really move the plot along. Something is missing in her writing.

Could you see Sylvester being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No. Maybe a Hallmark Movie cheesy movie.

Any additional comments?

Just cheesy and predictable.

  • Dust and Shadow

  • An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson
  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,587
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,573

Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Wadie on 01-07-11

Different and enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 03-14-16

What did you love best about Dust and Shadow?

It moved quickly, but had a lot of detail. Not too narrative. Felt like an original Sherlock.

Any additional comments?

Fun historical mystery.

  • Hello Love

  • By: Karen McQuestion
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 904

A year after the death of his wife, Christine, Dan is barely holding on. But one thing gets him through the long, lonely nights and that is his cherished dog, Anni. When she is stolen from his front yard, Dan and his daughter, Lindsay, are devastated. Meanwhile in another part of town, Andrea Keller is recovering from the heartbreak of a messy divorce. After she rescues a defenseless dog from an abusive tenant, her life changes in ways she never could have anticipated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Animals Inspire Love

  • By Pamela Dale Foster on 11-10-14

Fluff. Pure and simple fluff.

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

Reviewed: 01-22-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this book for anything other than passing the time. I am not big at universal cosmic play in our lives. Things just don't work out that way. This book moves slowly with too much smooth transitions in the characters lives. I'm not saying God can't do wonderful things, but nothing lines up like the sequences line up in this book.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Bored by the end, just ready for it to be over.

Have you listened to any of Dan John Miller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The narrator was good. His female voices are a bit week, but he narrates well.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

If you like dogs and easy going reads this book is for you. I felt it could have been fine in half the time. Predictable.

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  • The Nothing Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,310

Getting a life isn't always easy. And hanging on to it is even harder.... Jodi Taylor brings all her comic writing skills to this heartwarming tale of self-discovery. Known as The Nothing Girl because of her severe stutter and chronically low self-confidence, Jenny Dove is only just prevented from ending it all by the sudden appearance of Thomas, a mystical golden horse only she can see. Under his guidance Jenny unexpectedly acquires a husband - the charming and chaotic Russell Checkland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much better than I expected

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 07-25-15

Delightfully different story!! Unusual and moving!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is so different from what I usually read. I enjoyed every minute of it. I couldn't figure out the character of Thomas in this book, but I just loved it anyway. Was he real, or in her mind? It doesn't matter to me because it was moving either way.

What did you like best about this story?

I actually like Thomas the best. This surprises me, but he makes the story so unique.

What does Lucy Price-Lewis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She does a great job at stammering. Her voices are enjoyable and not irritating.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, but I don't like spoilers so I'll leave it at that.

Any additional comments?

I love rooting for the underdog, and the girl in this book is one without a doubt. Is this book believable, no, but it sure is enjoyable. A couple of uses of bad language are the only thing I didn't care for, but that is in two places, so it's not too bad. This was a deal of the day, and I love that I bought it.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,617

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Wonderful deal of the day!!! Enjoyable read!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to anyone. Other reviewers poke fun at the way the autistic boy is written in this story. How shallow. Each autisitc child verbalizes in a different way. What an odd thing to pick at. This book is fast paced and fun to listen to. The main character did some dumb stuff without forethought, but that's part of life.

What did you like best about this story?

The mystery. I like the way it unfolded. It's not completely believable, but it was enjoyable.

What does Zach Villa bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I liked his voice. He made the character come to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I always have empathy for kids with parents like his. It saddens me to read about people who use their children.

Any additional comments?

I didn't expect much out of this, but enjoyed it very much.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful