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  • On Turpentine Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Elinor Lipman
  • Narrated by: Mia Barron
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

At 32, Faith Frankel has returned to her claustro-suburban hometown, where she writes institutional thank-you notes for her alma mater. It's a peaceful life, really, and surely with her recent purchase of a sweet bungalow on Turpentine Lane, her life is finally on track. Never mind that her fiancé is off on a crowdfunded cross-country walk, too busy to return her texts (but not too busy to post photos of himself with a different woman in every state).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little slow...

  • By Mary on 06-15-17

A Delightful Book

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

If you read The View From Penthouse B, you know that Elinor Lipman’s books are full of interesting characters, good prose and a plot that keeps you thinking about the book and wanting to get back to it; thoroughly enjoyable.

  • The Scent of Rain and Lightning

  • By: Nancy Pickard
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 223

Written with the wisdom and grace devoted readers have come to expect from the award-winning author of The Virgin of Small Plains, here is a brilliantly moving tale of family, murder, and redemptive love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Really good book; poorly chosen narrator

  • By Maddie on 07-02-10

Get Ready

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

...for a stay-up-all-night, can’t-stop-thinking-about-it book. It will twist and turn and the end will blow you away!

  • The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen

  • By: Hendrik Groen, Hester Velmans - translator
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Hendrik Groen may be old, but he is far from dead and isn't planning to be buried any time soon. Granted, his daily strolls are getting shorter because his legs are no longer willing, and he has to visit his doctor more than he'd like. Technically speaking he is...elderly. But surely there is more to life at his age than weak tea and potted geraniums? Hendrik sets out to write an exposé: a year in the life of his care home in Amsterdam, revealing all its ups and downs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • narration an a+

  • By H. Marra on 10-24-17

Oddly Uplifting

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

A diary written by an old man living in a nursing home hardly sounds enticing but you will miss a very good book if you follow that line of thought. It is at times so funny and yes, sometimes a little sad but delightful all the way through. Hendrik Groen is my hero.

  • 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 17,705
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16,280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,228

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

Hold On To Your Hat

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

This book is full of twists and turns. Unlike so many other thrillers, I could not anticipate the next chapter and almost gasped out loud a couple of times. There were one or two weak moments but mostly it was well written and very entertaining.

  • Knife Creek

  • By: Paul Doiron
  • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

When Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is tasked with shooting invasive feral hogs that are tearing up the forest in his district, he makes a horrific discovery - a dead baby buried in a shallow grave. Even more disturbing: Evidence suggests the infant was the child of a young woman who was presumed to have died four years earlier - after she disappeared from a group rafting trip.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Mystery Maven on 07-23-17

Another good Doiron mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

In fact, this is one of his best and I've read them all. I was so caught up in the story, I got out a Maine map to find our location. This one kept me guessing until near the end, very compelling.

  • The Breakdown

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,541
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,536

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside - the woman who was killed. She's been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It's a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she'd broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she'd stopped.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I tore through it within a few days

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 10-02-17

Fairly Interesting

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

This book didn't quite hang together in spots. Some parts were not really believable but it was still worth a listen.

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  • Winterlong

  • By: Mason Cross
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

It's been five years since Carter Blake parted ways with the top-secret government operation Winterlong. They brokered a deal at the time: he'd keep quiet about what they were doing, and in return he'd be left alone. But news that one of Blake's old allies is dead, a man who agreed to the same deal, means only one thing: something has changed and Winterlong is coming for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To say this is really good is an understatement!

  • By Jason on 02-08-17

Nail Biter

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

Block out some time for this one. You will have a hard time pausing it. The narrator did a good job, giving just the right inflections. You can't help but like the main character; hope he returns.

  • The Trap

  • By: Melanie Raabe, Imogen Taylor - translator
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 289

For 11 years, best-selling author Linda Conrads has mystified fans by never setting foot outside her home. Haunted by the unsolved murder of her younger sister - who she discovered in a pool of blood - and the face of the man she saw fleeing the scene, Linda's hermit existence helps her cope with debilitating anxiety. But the sanctity of her oasis is shattered when she sees her sister's murderer on television.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Clever & Character-Driven, but No Empathy 4 Linda.

  • By Kelly on 07-07-16

Too long

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

Reviewed: 05-27-17

While this story kept my interest, it became drawn out and tedious in parts. Still, it's worth a listen.

  • Anything Is Possible

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,599
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,462
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,460

Here are two sisters: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. The janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for mother love even as she comes to accept her mother's happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton, the author's celebrated New York Times best seller) returns to visit her siblings after 17 years of absence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful & Disturbing

  • By Sara on 06-08-17

A jewel, an absolute jewel.

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

Reviewed: 05-22-17

How does Elizabeth Strout manage to crawl inside the minds of people and verbalize what's there? I will miss these lovely and flawed characters. Narration was very good, striking just the right notes.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Widowmaker

  • A Novel
  • By: Paul Doiron
  • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

When a mysterious woman in distress appears outside his home, Mike Bowditch has no clue she is about to blow his world apart. Amber Langstrom is beautiful, damaged, and hiding a secret with a link to his past. She claims her son, Adam, is a wrongfully convicted sex offender who has vanished from a brutal work camp in the high timber around the Widowmaker Ski Resort. She also claims that Adam Langstrom is the illegitimate son of Jack Bowditch, Mike's dead and diabolical father. He is the half brother Mike never knew he had.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Never attempt a Maine accent!!

  • By Jill Lectka on 07-13-16

Good series

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

I enjoy discovering a mystery series and listening/reading all the way through. The good ones are rare. Sometimes they bog down halfway along but not with Paul Doiron's books. This latest book, Widowmaker, kept me plugged in from start to finish. The characters are compelling and the little side stories always interesting. I also like the Maine setting, one of my favorite states. Henry Leyva has nailed the Maine accent; that's the way they talk!