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  • Ashley Bell

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,140

Who is Ashley Bell? From number-one New York Times best-selling author Dean Koontz comes the must-listen thriller of the year, perfect for listeners of dark psychological suspense and modern classics of mystery and adventure. Brilliantly paced, with an exhilarating heroine and a twisting, ingenious storyline, Ashley Bell is a new milestone in literary suspense from the long-acclaimed master.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truthful review

  • By Christina on 01-11-16

Great for us insomniacs

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

Ashley Bell
THE MUST-READ THRILLER OF THE YEAR: Featuring the most exhilarating heroine in memory and a sophisticated, endlessly ingenious, brilliantly paced narrative through dark territory and deep mystery, this is a new milestone in literary suspense and a major new breakout book from the long acclaimed master.

It all sounded so good, I could hardly wait to start listening to my new DK book .... I love Dean Koontz. Unfortunately I found it tedious almost beyond words, boring, and way to "fancy wordy" like DK had eaten the dictionary and was intent on using every new (preferably long) word he'd learned regardless of whether it added anything to the story or not.

* the most exhilarating heroine in memory - Nope, I can think of others, I felt that Bibi, and the other characters were very one dimensional
* brilliantly paced narrative - No, really S.L.O.W. and tedious, I kept muttering to myself "Oh for pity's sake, get ON with it!"
* dark territory and deep mystery - Well, if was foggy in one part of the story, does that count?
* new milestone in literary suspense - If it is then there's no hope for us.

This COULD have been a good story, the idea was interesting, but it just didn't get there. I did start to wonder with DK had actually written the book.

From the ending, which felt to me like it was just tacked on to the end because, well, 129 chapters really aren't enough are they? I gather there will be a sequel - I don't think I'll be reading that one.

If you have trouble sleeping as I do, this is the book for you! I listen to books at night to help me with my insomnia, I kept dropping off and then waking up with it still playing an hour or so later... it took me ages to finish the book, what with all the rewinding and finding where I was when I fell asleep, but I did have a few good night's sleeps so it was worth the money just for that.

  • Holy Ghosts

  • Or How a (Not-so) Good Catholic Boy Became a Believer in Things that Go Bump in the Night
  • By: Gary Jansen
  • Narrated by: Gary Jansen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 117

In this extraordinary true story, the haunting of a Long Island household forces a respected writer and editor to reevaluate the mysteries of life and death as he struggles with the frightening truths of his childhood home and his town’s past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Open to everything

  • By Manny on 02-02-11

True story .....

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

Reviewed: 01-31-15

... well I guess it must be otherwise it wouldn't have been so boring. Nothing much happened really.

I bought the book after reading the reviews, which all seemed to say it was spooky and a good read. Personally I found it one big yawn and I fell asleep a couple of times while listening to it.
I really wish I hadn't wasted my credit.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Mystery Box

  • By: Eva Pohler
  • Narrated by: Nancy J. Alexander
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 108

Soccer mom Yvette Palmer lives an ordinary life in San Antonio, Texas when a box is delivered to her by mistake, and in taking it to its rightful owner-a crotchety neighbor named Mona who shares her back fence-is drawn into a strange and haunting tale...As Yvette listens to her neighbor's tale, she discovers a shocking connection, but doesn't know whether Mona's come to help or to harm her and her family.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A waste of time

  • By Shirley on 08-01-16

Great story, interesting read, lovely narration

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

Reviewed: 10-02-14

and believable characters. Recommended.

I liked all the characters, the way the woman drew the main character in (don't want to give any of the story away). Loved the husband and the children were smashing.
If I was to criticize, it would be the ending which in my opinion was a bit twee, but it didn't spoil the book for me in any way.

I would like to listen to more stories like this and books by Eva Pohler.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Boy Who Fell to Earth

  • By: Kathy Lette
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Vuletic
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Meet Merlin. He's Lucy's bright, beautiful son - who just happens to be autistic. Since Merlin's father, the reserved, cerebral workaholic Jeremy, left them in the lurch shortly after Merlin's diagnosis, Lucy has made Merlin the centre of her world. Struggling with the joys and tribulations of raising her adorable yet challenging son, Lucy doesn't have room for any other man in her life ... so why bother trying to find one? When Lucy realises she's becoming cynical about life, she finally resolves to dip a toe back into the world of dating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Mind Blowing Exercise in Love!

  • By Gillie on 03-07-14

I just can't read any more of this dreadful book!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-14

For once I didn't read the reviews of a book - I had read "How to kill your husband....." and enjoyed that, so thought I'd give it a go. Big mistake! Like so many others, I found the first part of the book interesting and funny - then the author just seemed to go off on a tangent and lose the plot completely.

It's like she wrote down every one-liner she could think of - the more caustic & nasty the better - and then stuck a bit of dialogue in between to pretend there is a story.
It just got stupider and stupider, Lucy is so angry all the time, no wonder she's exhausted!

I am the mother of two sons who have Autism, and whereas it's true that anger and 'why me (again)' is the first stage of grief when you find out your children are different; you move on, you move towards acceptance and get on with living your lives. Lucy seems to have stayed at the first angry stage for 13 years???? No, you couldn't sustain that kind of emotional state, you'd go mad.
During many years working at a special school and meeting all sorts of children and young adults, I can honestly say I never met anyone who even remotely resembled Merlin - small areas of his behaviors sure, but not all in one child.

But back to the characters: Lucy is so horrible, why would any man want her? Let alone two of them! She's nasty, overbearing, overprotective, shrill and controlling.
Her mother is sensible and has raised the two daughters on her own and given them a good life and education. Now she is enjoying her life and the girls resent her for it. The sister says "You're tripping around the world spending our inheritance" For goodness sake - they've had enough already, let the woman have some fun.
Jeremy is just a lying pompous twit.
Archie is the redeeming character, he loves Merlin and Lucy but does Lucy appreciate him? Does she heck as like! And even he is trying to 'make Merlin a man' aged 13 - really? He takes Merlin for a ride on a Harley, the boy loved it but Lucy goes MENTAL and completely spoils it for him.

I have got as far as the aftermath of the brothel episode, and I'm afraid I just can't listen to any more of this twaddle - I'm rolling my eyes and thinking to myself "How much longer is this stupid book?" so I'm going to ask for a refund and delete the book.






0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Elizabeth Is Missing

  • By: Emma Healey
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: Her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful, sensitive, intriguing

  • By Bjerkana on 08-31-14

Fantastic Book! I loved every minute of it.

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

Reviewed: 07-30-14

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

I have recommended this book to several of my friends and family.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, Maud of course, but also the granddaughter who was so kind to her when everyone else was treating her like a silly old woman. She didn't assume that Maud had lost her sense of humour just because she was old.

Which character – as performed by Anna Bentinck – was your favorite?

All of them! They were all well rounded characters and either lovable or loath-able (is that even a word?) The range of 'Maud voices' was very well done and gave great depth to the story.

Who was the most memorable character of Elizabeth Is Missing and why?

Maud, Helen and Peter - was that man annoying or what! Such a pompous windbag - I wanted to give him a good slap!

Any additional comments?

The only thing that I kept on thinking was, why didn't Maud make a note of Elizabeth's whereabouts once she knew of them? She wrote everything else she wanted to remember down, but not that most important thing ... but then, there wouldn't have been this wonderful story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Refuge Omnibus Edition

  • Refuge 1 - 5
  • By: Jeremy Bishop, Jeremy Robinson, Daniel S. Boucher, and others
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 227

Refuge, New Hampshire, is a small town. The kind found on postcards. Their biggest concern is the rowdy summertime revelers making their way up from Massachusetts and New York. And with most of the town's residents in neighboring Ashland, for the Fourth of July fireworks show, Refuge is quieter than usual. That is, until the Baptist church's bell starts ringing - on its own. The bell chimes faster and faster, reaching a frenetic pace, as though rung by the Devil himself. But the bell is just the beginning.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I am still not so sure about this one...

  • By Matthew on 07-28-14

BONG!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-14

Loved it! I can't wait for the next installment. It started off a little slow, but by the time I got to the 5th book it was racing along. Very good narration, easy to listen to and plenty of difference between the characters. Recommended listen.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Face in the Crowd

  • By: Stephen King, Stewart O'Nan
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Dean Evers, an elderly widower, sits in front of the television with nothing better to do than waste his leftover evenings watching baseball. His adopted Florida baseball team, the Rays, is going strong. Suddenly, in a seat a few rows up beyond the batter, Evers sees the face of someone he knows from decades past, someone who shouldn't be at the ballgame, shouldn't even be on the planet. And so begins a parade of people from Evers's past, people he has wronged, all of them behind home plate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good basic SK story

  • By Sysop on 07-07-14

A good basic SK story

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Would you listen to A Face in the Crowd again? Why?

I would, which is very unusual for me because I don't usually like to re-listen to books. This one though, yes...

Any additional comments?

I kind of guessed what the plot was early on, but it didn't spoil the story for me and I enjoyed it immensely.

  • Mr Mercedes

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

Described as 'the best thriller of the year' Sunday Express, the No. 1 bestseller introduces retired cop Bill Hodges in a race against time to apprehend a killer. A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED IT

  • By helen on 05-09-15

Oh, Mr King - You've done it again!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

What did you love best about Mr Mercedes?

Took a bit of getting in to, but then - BAM! Well paced, plenty of action, great characters. The thing is with Stephen King, you're never quite sure if he's going to kill off the lead characters at any moment, keeps you on the edge of your seat!

What other book might you compare Mr Mercedes to and why?

I don't think I've ever read anything like this before.

What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

Fantastic. Loved listening to him and his lovely gravelly voice was perfect for the story.

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

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the job fair.

Any additional comments?

Ah Stephen - you just get better and better!

  • Mother's Day Out

  • The Margie Peterson Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Karen MacInerney
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 356

With a husband who works long hours trying to make partner and two rambunctious kids that are running her ragged, Margie Peterson is like any other worn-out suburban mom. When she decides to take a job as a PI for a seedy local detective agency, everything changes. It doesn’t take long for Margie to get in over her head: Her first day on the job she totals her minivan, mistakenly enters a drag contest, and winds up in the bathroom with a dead transvestite. But when Margie finds her home number in the victim’s phone, things really start to get interesting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • That was fun!

  • By karen on 08-11-14

Hightly enjoyable read with a deeper sub-plot

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

What did you love best about Mother's Day Out?

I must admit I didn't expect much from this story. I bought it as a bit of 'fluff' to read in-between my more usual horror & mystery books, but I was very pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be a pretty good story.I've read all the "Plumb" books and it sounded like this would be similar, but I didn't find that at all - I think it's better, fresher and (in the realms of a story) more believable than those others. This was her first week as a private investigator, Margi is a housewife with no training or much of an idea of what she's supposed to be doing and no real back-up. Stephanie Plumb is a bounty hunter with years of experience and a wide support system. So I don't really think you can compare the two. I loved all the characters, especially "Mr Legs", and I am sure that I've met that headmistress!

What did you like best about this story?

Without giving too much away, I'll just say: motel + saran wrap + a Micky D's fry phone! LOL

What about Cris Dukehart’s performance did you like?

Very easy to listen to, great diction and I could hear her clearly and understand every word.

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

Not 'JUST' a Housewife.

Any additional comments?

I'm looking forward to book 2. Although it is a humorous story there is a deeper, sadder part to it as well, and I want to know what happens regarding that situation.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Never Go Back

  • Jack Reacher 18
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

After an epic and interrupted journey all the way from the snows of South Dakota, Jack Reacher has finally made it to Virginia. His destination: a sturdy stone building a short bus ride from Washington D.C., the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. It was the closest thing to a home he ever had. Why? He wants to meet the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner. He liked her voice on the phone. But the officer sitting behind Reacher’s old desk isn't a woman. Why is Susan Turner not there? What Reacher doesn’t expect is what comes next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Peter Grobler on 10-19-13

Did Lee Child actually write this book?

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

Reviewed: 06-24-14

What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

I've always enjoyed a 'bit of Reacher' but the last book wasn't much to write home about (in my opinion) and this one is even worse! I am listening to it thinking "come ON already, get on with it!". I won't be finishing it, in fact I'm about to take it off my player.

What didn’t you like about Jeff Harding’s performance?

I generally like Jeff Harding, but I kept hearing "Angel" and other female characters from Paul Wilson's books.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom

Any additional comments?

If you are going to read the Reacher books, go for the earlier ones which were an exciting and interesting read.