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  • Split Second

  • By: Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,563
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,568

What if you found a way to send something back in time? But not weeks, days, or even minutes back. What if you could only send something back a fraction of a second? Would this be of any use? You wouldn't have nearly enough time to right a wrong, change an event, or win a lottery. Nathan Wexler is a brilliant physicist who thinks he's found a way to send matter a split second back into the past. But before he can even confirm his findings, he and his wife-to-be, Jenna Morrison, find themselves in a battle for their very lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Where do I start?

  • By Glen Grader on 05-31-18

For the scientific & mathematics mind.

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

This book is about how going back in time for a split second as long as you were the one in power of that split second. The author did an excellent job with his research and, as a Star Trek fan, I appreciated the references despite his deep scientific knowledge on the subject of time travel. The concept was presented in an potential situation where it all could happen. I really enjoyed this book. The narrator did a stupendous job giving each character life.

  • Her Last Day

  • Jessie Cole, Book 1
  • By: T.R. Ragan
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,465
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,185

Ten years ago, PI Jessie Cole and reporter Ben Morrison each suffered a tragedy that changed their lives - and now these two strangers are about to share a nightmare. For Jessie, who makes her living finding missing persons, no case has consumed her more than the disappearance of her younger sister, Sophie. But left alone to raise Sophie's daughter, she realizes that solving the case has become an unhealthy obsession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another hit from T R Ragan!!!!

  • By shelley on 10-26-17

Things are not what they seem. Excellent book.

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

A P.I. has been hunting for her lost sister for years while she raises her niece. A struggling newspaper writer sees a special on TV about the missing sister and decides that this would be a wonderful piece for him to do about the local girl gone missing. He has other motives as well; he has amnesia and something about her niggles at his memory. Together,the PI and the newspaper man continue to look into "Her Last Day" hoping to find her alive or dead. The characters in this book are living and breathing people through the pages. The danger many of us would never subject ourselves is completely understandable when faced with finding or saving a loved one. The PI is never randomly foolish and uses her streetsmarts. Really enjoyed this book. I personally have a love/hate relationship with this narrator; sometimes her vocal style seems lacking emotion and sounding like she is reading each word individually, yet seconds later that style fits perfectly with the conversation and her words group together. I have enjoyed many a book she has narrated, so that is why I give her four stars.

  • The Retreat

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,589
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,587

Two years ago, Julia lost her family in a tragic accident. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughter, Lily, in the river near their rural home. But the little girl’s body was never found - and Julia believes Lily is somehow still alive. Alone and broke, Julia opens her house as a writers’ retreat. One of the first guests is Lucas, a horror novelist, who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Lily. But within days of his arrival, the peace of the retreat is shattered by a series of eerie events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sum is greater than its parts.

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-06-18

Creepy excellent!!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

This book is about a man that goes to a writers retreat in Wales and meets the the owner of the retreat after she has lost her husband and her daughter. The owner believes strongly that her daughter is still alive despite the blatant evidence in front of her, yet many haunting instances at the retreat are frightening the visitors that cause the writers to question ghosts. It is an excellent book that is well written. I have listened to the last two chapters three times picking up on things I missed while my mind was putting the pieces together. The use of the language and the way things are described make you (unfortunately sometimes) feel like you are there. This mystery is so well brought together that it is quite the adventure. A must read.

  • The Monastery Murders

  • A Stanton and Barling Mystery, Book 2
  • By: E.M. Powell
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Christmas Eve, 1176. Brother Maurice, monk of Fairmore Abbey, awaits the night prayer bell. But there is only silence. Cursing his fellow brother Cuthbert’s idleness, he seeks him out - and in the darkness, finds him brutally murdered. Summoned from London to the isolated monastery on the Yorkshire Moors, Aelred Barling, clerk to the King’s justices, and his messenger Hugo Stanton, set about investigating the horrific crime. They quickly discover that this is far from a quiet monastic house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A well thought out mystery.

  • By Gothic_Potato on 01-18-19

A well thought out mystery.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

This is the second book with Stanton and Barling. Due to a direct request for their services, they end up looking into a murder that took place at a monastery. Soon many interesting things happen leaving your mind to work on the "Who-Done-It" and why. The author brings in a variety of characters that enhance the story. The scenery is well described and the narration was excellent. I loved this book and can hardly wait to read Book #3.

  • The Off Season

  • By: Colleen Thompson
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

Winter winds off the Atlantic have turned the tourist mecca of Seaside Creek, New Jersey, into a ghost town. Dr. Christina Paxton, however, is growing accustomed to living with ghosts. Recently widowed, the emergency room physician has returned to the shore with her young daughter, house-sitting a sprawling beachside Victorian home. One night, her two-year-old calls her by a name that makes Christina's blood run cold and sends her thoughts spiraling back 30 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy and Fun, Romantic and Suspenseful

  • By MarisaReads on 10-25-16

A suspenseful page turner.

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

This book kept me up until 4:30am - that's when I had to make myself stop reading. Then I promptly started again when I could after waking. It is a well written suspense book about a toddler that is apparently being speaking for her dead grandmother. People are dying and homes are being broken into. The question is whether the mom is being targeted or any of the happenings related? Excellent book. Well narrated.

  • P.S. from Paris

  • A Novel
  • By: Marc Levy, Sam Taylor - translator
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 997
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 989

On the big screen, Mia plays a woman in love. But in real life, she's an actress in need of a break from her real-life philandering husband - the megastar who plays her romantic interest in the movies. So she heads across the English Channel to hide in Paris behind a new haircut, fake eyeglasses, and a waitressing job at her best friend's restaurant.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Book=Good, Audio Book - Robotic

  • By Nancy Thompson on 11-06-17

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

This is a book that a reader shouldn't have a huge preview. Let the story unfold and enjoy the ride. The author wove together characters you wish were your friends, showed you how people in one's life makes for texture and adventure, and how sometimes you think you know where the ride is going and find yourself at a different, yet better destination.

Most books are categorized under Romance often go under light summer reading or read it because it is good. Read this because it is good.

The narration was excellent.

  • Hannah-Beast

  • Dark Corners Collection, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer McMahon
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 433

Thirty-four years ago, on October 31, poor Hannah Talbott took part in a scavenger hunt gone violently wrong. The mean girls made sure of it. To this day, for a haunted local mother, the most unsettling Halloween costume of all is an urban legend they call Hannah-Beast. It’s a reminder of the past she can’t forget. Especially tonight when it’s come back, so close to home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story !

  • By Anissa B. on 09-28-18

Mean girls grow up.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

SPOILER ALERT: Anyone with a teenage child knows what the end is going to be. Understandably the mom is so deep into her own pain that she misses out on obvious signals.

The book was well written making recognize the mean girls and how awful middle school can be. The narrator did an excellent job.

  • The King's Justice

  • A Stanton and Barling Mystery, Book 1
  • By: E. M. Powell
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90

England, 1176. Aelred Barling, esteemed clerk to the justices of King Henry II, is dispatched from the royal court with his young assistant, Hugo Stanton, to investigate a brutal murder in a village outside York. The case appears straightforward. A suspect is under lock and key in the local prison, and the angry villagers are demanding swift justice. But when more bodies are discovered, certainty turns to doubt - and amid the chaos it becomes clear that nobody is above suspicion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Medieval England and Barbaric Justice

  • By Debbie on 10-08-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

This is a mystery book set in the time where the King's Law used the ridiculous concept of testing if one was guilty or innocent based on whether you drown or not if dropped into water. The idea being that if you died, you were innocent.
If you lived, you were be guilty and therefore hanged or otherwise dispatched. Stanton and Barling are two men that end up being sent off to determine the innocence or guilt of a beggar accused of a vicious murder; one being the representative of the King as a judge and the other as his steward.

The mystery is well written. The pieces are given as Stanton and Barling would discover them. I felt the ending was well summed up and satisfying. The characters are consistent in behavior, wording, and are smart. At least they are smart of enough to be disturbed by some of the punishments. The judge looks for ways to determine the truth using the Laws of the King without necessarily putting the into action these questionable methods of finding out innocence. On the other hand, the steward questions his intelligence as his rank in life is so beaten into him that coming to conclusions is actually concerning to him. The narration is excellent and brings the book to life. Definitely a fan and happy to discover a future series to enjoy.

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  • Hidden Secrets

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722

Kim Brewster's ill-fated marriage was annulled so quickly that she thought she could keep the whole thing a secret...until she found out she was pregnant. But before her confession can blow a hole in the seemingly perfect lives of the Brewster women, her great-grandmother, Hannah, drops a bomb of her own. She's selling her hotel and moving to a farm in Oklahoma - and all the Brewsters are coming with her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Angel on 04-21-17

The South rises up and comes together in this book

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

This was an excellent book of women finding out what they are made of and who they really are. Definitely worth reading. The narration was very well done.

  • The Good Neighbor

  • By: A. J. Banner
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Roberts
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,178

Shadow Cove, Washington, is the kind of town everyone dreams about - quaint streets, lush forests, good neighbors. That's what Sarah thinks as she settles into life with her new husband, Dr. Johnny McDonald. But all too soon she discovers an undercurrent of deception. And one October evening when Johnny is away, sudden tragedy destroys Sarah's happiness.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay...But not even close to Gone Girl

  • By Alixandra Hice on 04-27-16

Creepy mystery.

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

A woman marries a wonderful man. Weird things start to happen; phone hang ups, the neighbor's home catching on fire, he visits other women. The narration was excellent and definitely helped keep every character talking exactly how they should. The writing had consistent characters. What dropped this from a 5 star to a 4 star is my personal annoyance at adult women (any adult) that jump to jealous conclusions to the point of irrational. The wife doesn't seem to listen to anyone making small comments except those that condemn her husband. Overall, I enjoyed the book.