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  • The Crooked Staircase

  • A Jane Hawk Novel, Book 3
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298

Jane Hawk knows she may be living on borrowed time. But as long as she’s breathing, she’ll never cease her one-woman war against the terrifying conspiracy that threatens the freedom - and free will - of millions. Battling the strange epidemic of murder-suicides that claimed Jane’s husband, and is escalating across the country, has made the rogue FBI agent a wanted fugitive, relentlessly hunted not only by the government but by the secret cabal behind the plot. Deploying every resource their malign nexus of power and technology commands, Jane’s enemies are determined to see her dead...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Descriptive words like Oleaginous & Huggermugger- love love this series!

  • By BlkButterfly on 06-11-18

Brutal Ending

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

Like many, love the character, love the series, found the ending unsatisfying. I yelled and frightened my husband, child, and two cats. Totally freaked out everyone in the house. So, I had (erroneously) assumed that we were at the conclusion of the series and we are not. I am waiting for the next and hope that we get closer to a conclusion. Sigh. But I did enjoy it.

Another review mentioned the "unrealistic" situations. Yes. The book however is true to its own internal logic. Just as The Wizard of Oz has its own world and Charlie's Angels live in Angel World, Jane Hawk has her own world as well. I enjoy it as long as Koontz doesn't contradict himself (too much. I am certain that there is someone who will find an anomaly...thank you for correcting me as you are desperate to do.)

Read the series. Starting at the beginning is important in this one.

  • The 39 Clues, Book 3

  • The Sword Thief
  • By: Peter Lerangis
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

When the hunt for the 39 clues leads 14-year-old Amy Cahill and her younger brother, Dan, to Japan, their only chance to find the third Clue seems to lie with their unreliable uncle, Alistair Oh. Will they be foolish enough to make an alliance? With a Clue on the line, Amy and Dan might not have a choice. But in the Cahill family, trusting your relatives can get you killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • By Ravi Narayan on 06-13-15

AWESOME

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

Reviewed: 12-21-15

I am listening with my 8 year old daughter. She loves this book. We liked 1 & 2 but this one is the best so far per her. I enjoy it as well.

  • Envious Casca: Inspector Hemingway Series, Book 2

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 278

A holiday party takes on a sinister aspect when the colourful assortment of guests discovers there is a killer in their midst. The owner of the substantial estate, that old Scrooge Nathaniel Herriard, is found stabbed in the back. While the delicate matter of inheritance could be the key to this crime, the real conundrum is how any of the suspects could have entered a locked room to commit the foul deed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing Performance of a Really Good Book

  • By Carol on 12-21-14

Long time favorite

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

Reviewed: 01-14-15

I really enjoy a good mystery that doesn't take itself too seriously. The Heyer mysteries do not take themselves seriously. If you are looking for a deeply fulfilling artistic experience this book (none of Heyer's books) is not for you.

Heyer is clever at character development and dialogue. Despite their eccentricities the characters are generally fun and likeable. There is always someone to dislike and wonder why anyone would have him/her to a house party.

This is an "English Country House" mystery. It's a formula. However, given some nice plots and character development it's fun and enjoyable.

I must agree that the narrator was a bit spotty. Some of the voices that she chooses are just grating and her timing is off. However, not as bad as some books, so I'll keep listening. I read these books as a girl (my introduction to adult mysteries along with Agatha Christie) and plan to listen to them all again.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • No Time for Goodbye

  • By: Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 573

The house was deathly quiet. That was the first sign that something was terribly wrong. Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge woke that morning to find herself alone. Her family - mother, father, and brother - had vanished without a word, without a note, without a trace. Twenty-five years later, Cynthia is still looking for answers. Now she is about to learn the devastating truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Time for Goodbye gets 5*s all around

  • By shelley on 06-25-14

Liked it but there were some huge flaws

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

Reviewed: 11-21-14

This was pretty interesting. I suspect that if you read many mysteries or thrillers it might not surprise you so much at the end.

The character development was fine. I just didn't like the character of the narrator (not the actual audio book narrator's voice). The husband. He was a bit of a jerk.

One of the biggest flaws were subplots that added nothing to the story. Oh well.

Overall not a bad read (listen?) It bogged down in a few places, but for the most part kept my attention.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bold Venture Starring Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall

  • By: PDQ Audiobooks
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall
  • Length: 24 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Bogart is Slate Shannon, a hotelier who owns a boat he calls “Bold Venture” and Bacall as Sailor Duval, is his love interest/foil who joins him on adventures of rescue, intrigue, and crime fighting set against the colorful backdrop that is Cuba, as they become detectives for hire. The repartee between Bogie and Bacall is witty and biting as they turn some tongue-in-cheek dialogue into sparkling chemistry that far transcends the script.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • C'Mon: Bogie and Bacall

  • By Anne on 10-16-14

C'Mon: Bogie and Bacall

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

Reviewed: 10-16-14

I really like old radio programs. This one is fairly entertaining. It is a product of its time. Please do not try to impose modern values on the characters. Do they develop the characters? Not really? Do we get to know Sailor and Slate deep down? Not at all!

This is good, schmaltzy, noir fun! There are a lot of dead people and stuff that makes no logical sense.

Note: there are some scratchy parts.

I highly recommend it.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of the Dead

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,420

The New York Museum of Natural History receives their pilfered gem collection back, ground down to dust. Diogenes, the psychotic killer who stole them in Dance of Death, is throwing down the gauntlet to both the city and to his brother, FBI Agent Pendergast, who is currently incarcerated in a maximum security prison.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad

  • By V.A. on 01-03-08

I like this series

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

Reviewed: 09-05-14

I have avoided this book and its predecessor because I generally avoid "man wrongly accused" However, this book was really fun. It had the return of a number of fun characters from earlier books (always a pleasure) and there was resolution.

These books are somewhat formulaic. I don't actually mind this. there is enough fun to keep me interested. I enjoy the development of characters from book to book. I enjoy the bizarre internal logic that the authors keep.

Some of the later books in this series have parts that move grindingly slow. I didn't find that in this one at all. There was no point where I just wanted to cry because I couldn't flip through the pages and ignore the boring stuff.

I highly recommend it.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Stoneheart

  • The Stoneheart Trilogy, Book One
  • By: Charlie Fletcher
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,108

A city has many lives and layers. London has more than most. A 12-year-old boy named George Chapman is about to find this out the hard way. On a school trip he's punished for something he didn't do. In a tiny act of rebellion, he lashes out at a small carving on the wall - unexpectedly breaking it off. And then something horrible does happen: a stone pterodactyl unpeels form the wall and starts chasing him. George is already running before his mind starts trying to tell him that this is impossible!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Story, Great Narrator!

  • By MJ Dulmage on 08-09-11

I liked this book

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

Reviewed: 07-19-14

So I've started buying books because Jim Dale narrates them. I think that he is genius. He is easy to listen to and once I have heard the story very easy to fall asleep to.

I am a grown up and this is a book for adolescents. So, fair enough it doesn't totally speak to me. BUT overall, I like it.

I liked that the characters were nice kids who try to do the right thing but don't always. I like that the situations were fairly realistic within a fantasy realm. I also liked that it was true to it's own world (in other words, don't tell me people can fly and then later the villain can't fly.)

I liked this so much that I am purchasing book 2. What I do hope to see more of is some more character development. There is some, but there could be more. Don't tell me, let me see it unfold. The book just also seemed to move from one action sequence to another and we're dribbled out back story and not most of it. I understand that there should be some suspense but that should come from the story, not because we don't know the characters.

I would recommend it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Code Zero

  • Joe Ledger, Book 6
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,242
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,949

For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Back Off! Or I'll Bite

  • By Mel on 04-01-14

I just like Joe

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

Reviewed: 06-03-14

It's true. This is not my genre. I like a straight up mystery. Not this weird terrorist stuff. Having said that I enjoy the many faces of Joe Ledger. I want to know him. He's got to be fun at a party. And a great guy to have around in a fight.

The plots are straightforward and keep my interest. The pacing is good.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Just One Evil Act

  • A Lynley Novel, Book 18
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 28 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 574

Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold. Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A huge disappointment

  • By Joan Farrell on 11-02-13

it pains me to say this

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

Reviewed: 05-14-14

How many books were in here? How stupid is Barbara Havers? If you can't stand characters behaving so stupidly that you can't believe they can find their own feet in the morning this book is not for you.

I have read all of the previous Lynley novels. Loved most and liked all.

This one is not for me. If you have little patience for gross stupidity (yes, I know I've already said it but it can't be said enough) then this book isn't for you either. If you like people who screw up and do stupid things - hey, give it a whirl.

I cannot believe that I wasted so many hours of my life on this.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Unspoken

  • By: Dee Henderson
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545

Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history. The FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, and rescued her, but it took four long years. The fact that she was found just three miles from her home, had been there the entire time, haunts them. She’s since changed her identity, found a profession she loves, and rebuilt her life. She’s never said a word — to the cops, to her doctors, to her family — about those four years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story :)

  • By C. S. on 04-28-16

There is no mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-24-14

There is no mystery. Well, yes, there is; why did this book show up in the mystery and thriller list?

I have rarely read/listened to a book that was so sexist (after all, women can't do anything for themselves) and over-the-top LOVE GOD PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.!

If you want a looooong drawn out melodrama with limited drama and character development, humor, and plot, this is the book for you!

The author even threw in a bunch of details that has nothing to do with the book at all.

Hurray. It's done. Yes, I listened to the entire thing sure that there would be a mystery or thriller, but no.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful