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Ethna M. O'Shea

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  • The Coroner

  • By: Jennifer Graeser Dornbush
  • Narrated by: Sophie Amoss
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 442

Recently engaged and deeply ensconced in her third year of surgical residency in Chicago, Emily Hartford gets a shock when she is called home to Freeport, Michigan, the small town she fled a decade ago after the death of her mother. Her estranged father, the local medical examiner, has had a massive heart attack. At the hospital, she finds her father in near total denial of the seriousness of his condition. He insists that the best thing Emily can do to help him is to take on the autopsy of a senator's teen daughter whose sudden, unexplained death has just rocked the sleepy town. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it

  • By Colette M. Cummings on 10-06-18

Was this a YA book?

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Predictable, unrealistic and repetitious. Perhaps this was meant for a very young adult? Waste of this adult’s money!

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,881
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36,885

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite what I expected

  • By K. Allen on 10-17-14

?????

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

What did I just listen to? Sorry but I hated it!! Will definitely think twice before buying another book from this author.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Masked Ball at Broxley Manor

  • A Royal Spyness Novella
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,254

At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, light prequel

  • By CMMV on 01-01-15

Awful narration

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

Why did the narrator scream when she narrated this audiobook? If she narrates any of the following audiobooks in the series I for one will not be listening.

  • Carrots

  • Shelby Nichols Adventures, Book 1
  • By: Colleen Helme
  • Narrated by: Wendy Tremont King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,895
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,734
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,735

Shelby Nichols is an average woman who is married to the only guy she ever fell for. Her life is organized and predictable, revolving around her husband and two children. All that changes the day she stops at the grocery store for some carrots. As the cashier rings up her purchases, a gunman is busy robbing the bank inside the store. When a customer grabs the robber's mask, he is shot and everyone runs for cover. Everyone except Shelby, who finds herself face to face with the killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story and flawless audio! Get it!

  • By Dr. Geoff on 11-20-13

Juvenile

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

Juvenile writing and juvenile narration. What a disappointment! Came highly recommended in an email from Audible!! What a waste of money!!!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Laura Aikman, Imogen Church, Daniel Weyman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,941
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,918

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely 15-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from - a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Hold Your Breath

  • By Mel on 05-07-17

Glub glub

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Would you try another book from Paula Hawkins and/or the narrators?

Perhaps. Narration was well done. Book disappointing and boring.

Would you recommend Into the Water to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Boring. Too many characters thrown around especially for an audiobook.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not familiar with these narrators but found them very good. If it hadn't been for them I probably would have given up on this book and asked for a refund of my credit.

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

They probably will because they seem to make all these books into movies or TV series. Can't think of what foolish actor would want to be connected to this book.

Any additional comments?

Going to wait before I rush into using my credit on a new novel until more reviews are in no matter who the author is. There was no suspense and no thrills. I guessed most of the ending before I was finished. Boring!!!!!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 318
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 291

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

I felt trapped

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

Reviewed: 07-31-16

Narration seemed to be too melodramatic at times. Very repetitive dialog. Very disappointed. Want my credit back!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mystery in White

  • By: J. Jefferson Farjeon
  • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 175

"The horror on the train, great though it may turn out to be, will not compare with the horror that exists here, in this house." On Christmas Eve, heavy snowfall brings a train to a halt near the village of Hemmersby. Several passengers take shelter in a deserted country house, where the fire has been lit and the table laid for tea - but no one is at home. Trapped together for Christmas, the passengers are seeking to unravel the secrets of the empty house when a murderer strikes in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By CM on 09-17-15

Sorry but I just hated it!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

Story started out interestingly enough but got bogged down and became ludicrous. Sorry just did not like it. Don't understand the people that thought it was as good as "And then there were none " by Agatha Christie but in reverse. Can I have some of what you are smoking?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,240
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,671

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Part of Saturday

  • By George Knight on 12-16-14

Alan Cumming is a delight!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-16

To really and truly enjoy this book it was be listened to with the great Alan Cumming doing his own narration of his memoir. Heartbreaking, funny at times and just overall enthralling. Loved it and recommend it to listeners of all ages. So glad Alan Cumming's inner courage triumphed over his pitiful childhood. The world is just a little bit better with him in it!! Thank you Mr Cumming.

  • The Collectors

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653

"But the thing is," said Horley, "they didn’t know each other at all. Never heard of each other. It wasn’t about the makers. Only about the works." On a dark winter's night in 1970, Horley and Grinstead huddle for warmth in the Senior Common Room of a college in Oxford. Conversation turns to the two impressive works of art that Horley has recently added to his collection....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Henry James, meet Rudyard Kipling

  • By Michele Kellett on 02-18-15

Bill Nighy is superb!

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

Reviewed: 11-21-15

Strange tale made all the better with the excellent Bill Nighy as narrator!! Give it a listen!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Doll Maker

  • By: Richard Montanari
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,186

Detectives Byrne and Balzano return to the streets of Philadelphia to put an end to a macabre succession of murdered children. A quiet Philadelphia suburb. A woman cycles past a train depot with her young daughter. There she finds a murdered girl posed on a newly painted bench. Beside her is a formal invitation to a tea dance in a week's time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Page Turning Nail Biting Suspense Beginning 2 End

  • By shelley on 04-30-15

Overrated!

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

Reviewed: 05-17-15

Overly dramatic reading of a subpar ludicrous story. Want my credit back! I don't know what the other listeners were listening to!! Perhaps I got the wrong book!!! Save your money/credit. Bummer!

7 of 13 people found this review helpful