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Patricia McKinney

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  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,113

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

Great, great, great!

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

Great story, great characters, great narration all add up to an unexpected pleasure. Sullivan Jones is a wonderfully talented reader.

  • Patience and Sarah

  • By: Isabel Miller
  • Narrated by: Jean Smart, Janis Ian
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 497

Set in the 19th century, Isabel Miller's classic lesbian novel traces the relationship between Patience White and Sarah Dowling, whose romantic bond does not sit well with their puritanical New England community. In addition to being an inspiring love story, the audiobook for Patience and Sarah is an ideal listen for young-adult audiences. It is a story that shows how irrelevant race, religion, and gender are to love and that loving and being loved are what keep us human and sane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful tale blooms with great narration.

  • By Nancy J on 05-14-16

A sweet story...

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

The voices as written seem very authentic for the time, and the voices as read were easy to listen to. The story is lovely and full of characters that you would like to have met

  • Never Look Back

  • DI Mike Lockyer, Book 1
  • By: Clare Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Karl Prekopp, Imogen Church
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 322

Three women have been found brutally murdered in south London, the victims only feet away from help during each sadistic attack. And the killer is getting braver.... Sarah Grainger is rapidly becoming too afraid to leave her house. Once an outgoing photographer, she knows that someone is watching her. A cryptic note brings everything into terrifying focus, but it’s the chilling phone calls that take the case to another level. DI Mike Lockyer heads up the regional murder squad. With three bodies on his watch, and a killer growing in confidence, he frantically tries to find the link between these seemingly isolated incidents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • narrators

  • By Cougar on 05-03-15

I’m not looking back or ever going back to this series.

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

Blah! A completely unappealing detective, an amorphous and underdeveloped perpetrator, absolute failure on all female characters. Not a good book.

  • Hidden River

  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,560

Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. After a disastrous six-month stint in the drug squad, he became addicted to heroin and resigned in disgrace. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love, Victoria Patawasti, has been murdered in America. Victoria's wealthy family sends Alex to Colorado to investigate the case, and he seizes the opportunity for a chance at redemption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite McKinty novel

  • By Dave on 04-04-11

Irish heroin addict comes to America

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

Annoying narration, with every statement read as a question? Long rambling paeans to the joys of getting high on heroin? Maybe if I had had the patience to get to the murder-solving part of the book? Nah, couldn’t do it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Right Side

  • By: Spencer Quinn
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380

LeAnne Hogan went to Afghanistan as a rising star in the military and came back a much lesser person, mentally and physically. Now missing an eye and with half her face badly scarred, she can barely remember the disastrous desert operation that almost killed her. She is confused, angry, and suspects the fault is hers, even though nobody will come out and say it. Shattered by one last blow - the sudden death of her hospital roommate, Marci - LeAnne finds herself on a fateful drive across the country, reflecting on her past and seeing no future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Congratulations to Spencer Quinn

  • By cherry patrick jamison on 07-14-17

Wonderful narration, very good novel

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

The book is about the effects of PTSD, grief in general, and the challenges of physical injuries on a strong and independent soldier. It happens to be about a woman but it could easily have had a male hero with almost no changes, which is a tribute to Mr. Quinn's skill as a writer and understanding as a human being. Scary, funny, poignant with simple language about complex situations.

The narration was absolutely five-star. Ms. Bennett uses voices and accents appropriately and without making you think about it too much. A flowing, easy-to-listen-to delivery, serious but not dull tone, and no weird quirks.

I love that a dog got involved eventually. I miss Chet.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Dry Bones in the Valley

  • A Novel
  • By: Tom Bouman
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83

In Wild Thyme, Pennsylvania, secrets and feuds go back generations. The lone policeman in a small township on the sparse northern border, Henry Farrell expected to spend his mornings hunting and fishing, his evenings playing old-time music. Instead, he has watched the steady encroachment of gas drilling bring new wealth and erode neighborly trust. The drug trade is pushing heroin into the territory. There are outlaws cooking meth in the woods, guys Henry grew up with. When a stranger turns up dead, Henry’s search for the killer will open old wounds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good mystery rich with character and context

  • By Deborah on 08-10-14

Authentic background, excellent narration.

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

Reviewed: 03-11-15

I come from Pennsylvania's coal country and the landscape, economic problems and alcoholism are all authentic. The more current issues of meth and fracking are new to me but handled with a resignation and understanding that seems just right. The narrator reads beautifully without acting. Reminiscent of George Guidall's handling of the Longmire stories. Very good story; hope it's the first of many.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Way Home

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,449
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,132

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Louise, what were you thinking?

  • By Sharon on 09-08-14

Oh, so very boring....

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

Reviewed: 12-29-14

Has The Long Way Home turned you off from other books in this genre?

Only if there is a genre for navel-gazing repetitive books that a word-processor could have written by randomly choosing passages from other books by this author. This line is spent, move on!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 345
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 321

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

Too gruesome.

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

Reviewed: 07-21-14

Has The Devil's Workshop turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of John Curless’s performances?

Yes

Any additional comments?

This is more of a thriller and a horror story than a mystery. I simply do not want to spend more time with a filth-covered Jack the Ripper with no pants on. Yuck!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Small Indiscretion

  • By: Denise Rudberg, Laura A. Wideburg - translator
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 37

Marianne Jidhoff is having trouble getting back on her feet after the death of her husband, Hans. As Stockholm’s Attorney General, Hans was known as much for his marital indiscretions as his ability to solve complex cases. But Olle Lundqvist, Lead Prosecutor at the department and Marianne’s friend of many years, knows that she was the brain behind Hans’s success. He persuades her to come back to work, and she quickly shakes her grief as she finds herself at the center of a series of mysterious killings among Stockholm’s upper echelons.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why Do These People Care So Much About Food?

  • By Sires on 09-08-14

Wooden narration, poor translation...

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

Reviewed: 05-01-14

And characters that are weirdly preoccupied with bodily functions and odors. Not a pretty combination.

  • Rules of Civility

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,976

On the last night of 1937, 25-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a yearlong journey....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats

  • By Em on 04-18-12

Wonderfully read and a beautiful story.

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

Reviewed: 08-20-12

I loved the narration of this book. The reader's voice was perfect, mature but with the tinge of youth that comes with reminiscence. The story was evocative of its era and place: Manhattan at the end of the Great Depression and just before war, struggling young people amidst the glamour and affluence of New York's society. A lovely novel, beautifully presented.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful