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  • Proven Guilty

  • The Dresden Files, Book 8
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,159
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,123
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,037

The White Council of Wizards has drafted Harry Dresden as a Warden and assigned him to look into rumors of black magic in Chicago. Malevolent entities that feed on fear are loose in the Windy City, but it's all in a day's work for a wizard, his faithful dog, and a talking skull named Bob.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Plan of attack

  • By RabidReads on 10-09-15

Kudos to all involved!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-09

I've not read any of the Dresden Files books previously and was worried about starting at book 8 (the first 7 not available in audio). I needn't have worried. Butcher does a great job with catching up new readers without making it sound like exposition. The characters are marvelous and brought stunningly to life by James Marsters. I'll certainly be getting all the other Dresden Files available!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Dickens

  • A Novel
  • By: Matthew Pearl
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

In his most enthralling novel yet, the critically acclaimed author Matthew Pearl reopens one of literary history's greatest mysteries. The Last Dickens is a tale filled with the dazzling twists and turns, the unerring period details, and the meticulous research that thrilled readers of the best sellers The Dante Club and The Poe Shadow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What A Gem!

  • By Barbara K. on 04-03-09

Well researched but dull

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-09

The Last Dickens certainly captures the period and the mood surrounding the publication of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, but the characters come off as rather flat and uninteresting. The best sequences involve Irishman Tom Brannigan protecting Dickens during his American tour, told in flashback. The main storyline didn't hold my interest, and the ending falls flat.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dog on It

  • A Chet and Bernie Mystery
  • By: Spencer Quinn
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,003
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,003

In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Deborah on 01-20-10

3 Cheers For Chet the Dog!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-09

In turns funny, clever, and even at times sad, Dog On It is a wonderful debut of a new mystery series, narrated by Chet, a exuberant and lovable mutt who accompanies Bernie, his master, who is a private detective, on a case involving a missing teenage girl. Fun and highly recommended!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Your Heart Belongs to Me

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 277

At 34, Internet entrepreneur Ryan Perry seemed to have the world in his pocket - until the first troubling symptoms appeared out of nowhere. Within days, he's diagnosed with incurable cardiomyopathy and finds himself on the waiting list for a heart transplant; it's his only hope, and it's dwindling fast. Ryan is about to lose it all...his health, his girlfriend Samantha, and his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dangerous Waters

  • By Serra55 on 11-28-08

Too much goes unexplained

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-09

I ususally enjoy Dean Koontz books, but this one left me a little cold. It almost seems like a short story that was padded to get to novel length. At the end, the listener is likely to think back and wonder about some loose ends that go unexplained.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Thank You, Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Nicolas Coster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

In high dudgeon, Bertie disappears to the country as a guest of his chum Lord "Chuffy" Chuffnell, who naturally employs the services of the recently resigned Jeeves. Along the way, we meet a memorable cast of characters including Bertie's ex-fiancee Pauline, her formidable father, and the eminet looney-doctor Sir Roderick Glossop. When Chuffy falls in love with Pauline, chaos ensues...until Jeeves step in to save the day.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, Just Not This Recording

  • By Mama C on 02-12-09

Great book, poor narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-09

The book itself is wonderful, as Wodehouse normally is, but the reader, Nicolas Coster, sounds like he's about to expire at any moment. It's also hard to distinquish between characters at times.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Just After Sunset

  • Stories
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King, Jill Eikenberry, Holter Graham, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203

Just After Sunset - call it dusk, call it twilight, it's a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you. It's the perfect time for Stephen King.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • King scores another coup

  • By J on 03-21-09

King is still King

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-08

Most of the short stories in this collection are actually pretty long (not that that's a bad thing!) but they are all consistantly well-written and performed. It's hard to pick out favorites, but N, The Stationary Bike, and A Very Tight Place are standouts. Who but King would have his protagonist experience a re-birth by having to crawl out of the bottom of a filthy Port-o-san? The stories are more along the creepy side, usually not going into pure horror (with the exception of The Cat From Hell) and are therefore more believable and disturbing. Highly recommended!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Hell House

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,058
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,058

For over 20 years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mt. Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror and depravity. All previous attempts to probe its mysteries have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity.

But now, a new investigation has been launched, bringing four strangers to Belasco House in search of the ultimate secrets of life and death. A wealthy publisher, brooding over his impending death, has paid a physicist and two mediums to establish the facts of life after death once and for all. For one night, they will investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townsfolk refer to it as the Hell House.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Got scary?

  • By Lesley on 06-17-08

The BEST haunted house story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-08

I've always loved Hell House. I've read it twice in book form, and I think I enjoyed it most listening to it on my third journey to the Belasco House. Believable and truly frightening, Hell House is a horror story to be savored. While the movie based on the book (The Legend of Hell House) is enjoyable, I hope that a more faithful version is made someday. This remains my favorite Halloween read!

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,001

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN

  • By Pamela M on 03-02-09

Enthralling mystery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-08

Simon Vance is one of my favorite narrators, but even without his expert reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo would have been excellent. The story is fascinating, and you never know quite in which direction the author is going to take you. The family that our protatonist investigates may be THE most disfunctional family ever!

  • The Book of Lies

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 401

What does Cain, history's greatest villain, have to do with Superman, the world's greatest hero? And what do two murders, committed thousands of years apart, have in common? This is the mystery at the heart of Brad Meltzer's riveting and utterly intriguing new thriller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT!!!

  • By Don on 10-06-08

Unusual, but very entertaining

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-08

It's been years since I've tried a Brad Meltzer book, and I wasn't disappointed in The Book of Lies. The characters were well developed and interesting and the plot, although a tad unbelievable at times, kept my interest. I'm not a comic book or Superman fan but I found the references fascinating...and I learned a little bit about the creation of a comic book icon as well!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Oracle

  • A Sigma Force Novel, Book 5
  • By: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: Peter Jay Fernandez
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808

In Washington, D.C., a homeless man dies in Commander Gray Pierce's arms, shot by an assassin's bullet. But the death leaves behind a greater mystery: a bloody coin found clutched in the dead man's hand, an ancient relic that can be traced back to the Greek Oracle of Delphi.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe an OK book if you like the word 'feral'

  • By Ameliaislanded on 07-10-08

Wasn't for me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-08

I enjoyed the fast pace and the characters, but the story didn't hold my attention like I'd hoped it would. I suspect that starting the series from the beginning would have been a huge help here. I recommend starting with the first book if you want to give this series a try.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful