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  • Mr. Flood's Last Resort

  • A Novel
  • By: Jess Kidd
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

Maud Drennan is a dedicated caretaker, but her sunny, capable disposition and snappy quips mask a deep sadness. A tragic childhood event left her in the company of a cast of patron saints who pop in and out of her life like unwelcome tourists. She tries to find solace in her hard work in London...but then she meets the inimitable Mr. Flood. A menace by all accounts, Cathal Flood is a widower living alone in a Gothic Dorset mansion crawling with collector's items and feral cats.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • BROUGHT ME JOY

  • By Carol on 07-07-18

Excellent!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

The dialogue was sharp and snappy. The characters were well developed. The story had many surprises. The narration was excellent!

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,317

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By Jenn on 01-11-18

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

This story offered no sympathetic characters- and it lasted longer than needed.

I have read many books about women in difficult situations and in those I always rooted for the heroine. I really had to force myself to listen to this until the end.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Chaos

  • A Scarpetta Novel
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,740
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,553
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,553

In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, 26-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning - except the weather is perfectly clear, with not a cloud in sight. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center's director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental act of God. Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Another chance, another disappointment.

  • By Lonna on 11-24-16

Very difficult to empathize with the charcters

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

I have read most of the stories in this series. Initially, they were very good with interesting characters and plots- the science was fascinating. With this story most of the characters are whiney and angry. The story moves very, very slowly and it is nearly impossible to care about any of the characters. The storyline is choppy and the transitions are not clear. I was very disappointed and do not plan to purchase future Scarpetta books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

  • Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor
  • By: Ernie J. Zelinski
  • Narrated by: J. Charles
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 223

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free offers inspirational advice on how to enjoy life to its fullest. The key to achieving an active and satisfying retirement involves a great deal more than having adequate financial resources; it also encompasses all other aspects of life - interesting leisure activities, creative pursuits, physical well-being, mental well-being, and solid social support. With its friendly format and positive tone, How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free offers retirement wisdom that you won’t get from your financial advisor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Painful but valuable

  • By Kathy Nichols on 08-14-12

Thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 06-02-15

Many ideas on what to do in retirement and good advice on positive and healthy attitudes and habits to adopt. Too many quotes and some ideas repeated across chapters. Quick read./ listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Killing Coast

  • By: Pauline Rowson
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

When a body is found floating in the sea off Portsmouth harbour, Detective Inspector Horton initially judges it to be an accidental death. Soon though he discovers he’s got it very wrong. Accused of being incompetent by his boss, and with the head of the Major Crime Team coming down heavily on him, Horton wonders if he’s allowed his on-going investigation into the disappearance of his mother to cloud his judgement.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult to follow

  • By KYC on 01-11-14

Difficult to follow

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

Reviewed: 01-11-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It would have been better if there were fewer characters- There were so many characters that it was difficult to feel for more than the primary character, Andy Horton.

What was most disappointing about Pauline Rowson’s story?

The story was difficult to follow because there was a lot of extra information. The story was similar to a stream of consciousness- too much information that distracted from the story.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The characters all sounded very similar. I find it difficult to follow a narration when there are minimal differences in the speaking patterns and voices between the characters.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lone Wolf

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,984
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,000

In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good

  • By PlantCrone on 02-29-12

A terrific and thoughtful story

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

Reviewed: 04-22-12

Would you listen to Lone Wolf again? Why?

Yes. I love stories where I learn information (in this case about wolves) as well as listen about characters and the events in their lives.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Edward- I really felt for him and his struggles. I admired his willingness to see his own challenges as well as to do something about them.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

I love Jodi Picoult's books because each chapter is from the viewpoint of an individual character as the storyline progresses- this group of narrators captures the individual characters and helped me created a vision of them in my mind.

If you could take any character from Lone Wolf out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would keep them all.

Any additional comments?

I have recently started listening to Jodi Picoult's books and I have really loved them all so far. I would imagine that these are better to listen to than to read- at least for me. The group of narrators and the way each chapter is set up is a real plus to me for listening to the story over reading the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Thorn in My Side

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 136

It could have been just any night, and they could have just been any two brothers - but it wasn't, and they weren't. The scene is an Atlanta bar. The music is loud and the dance floor is packed. The good-looking brother picks up a girl. But when dark deeds ensue out in the parking lot, what happens next can only be described in two words: vintage Slaughter. From the opening scene to the last line, "Thorn in My Side" is as wicked as it is entertaining.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Just Awful

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-07-12

Very unusual story but one to think about.

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

Reviewed: 04-22-12

What made the experience of listening to Thorn in My Side the most enjoyable?

The narration was wonderful. You really saw and heard the separate identities of each of the characters. The storyline was so unusual that it was very engrossing. As I listener, I felt all of the range of the emotions of the characters- humor, sadness, anger and fright.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The relationship between both brothers was very complex and very interesting.

What about Christopher Lane???s performance did you like?

He nailed it! This is one story that I am betting is better to listen to than to read. He created the individual identities of the brothers through his narration. He was humorous and although the story was raunchy and sad his narration made me want to hear it until the end.

Who was the most memorable character of Thorn in My Side and why?

Both brothers were each memorable in their own way.

Any additional comments?

This is such a departure from previous Karin Slaughter stories but I really enjoyed it and was glad that I listened to it. It really stayed with me.

  • Come Home

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Maggi-Meg Reed
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 388

Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom who has finally gotten her and her daughter's lives back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry, her job as a pediatrician fulfills her - though it is stressful - and her daughter, Megan, is a happily overscheduled thirteen-year-old juggling homework and the swim team. But Jill’s life is turned upside down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news: Jill’s ex-husband is dead. Abby insists that he was murdered and pleads with Jill to help find his killer.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Whining and crying make it impossible to finish

  • By Mary on 04-16-12

No sympathetic characters

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

Reviewed: 04-22-12

This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I have always enjoyed Lisa Scottoline's books before. This book would be a disappointment for any fans of hers.

What was most disappointing about Lisa Scottoline???s story?

The characters were unsympathetic. The narration was overly dramatic and some of the characters appeared to be constantly whining. It was very difficult to care for the characters or the storyline. All of the characters were very unrealistic.

Would you be willing to try another one of Maggi-Meg Reed???s performances?

I would listen to the sample of her narration before purchasing another book.

What character would you cut from Come Home?

The youngest daughter.

Any additional comments?

I will continue to watch for this author but will probably rely on reviews before making another purchase.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Leopard

  • A Harry Hole Novel
  • By: Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett (translator)
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 21 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689

Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer? The crime scenes offer no coherent clues, the police investigation is stalled, and the one man who might be able to help doesn't want to be found. Traumatized by his last case, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong's opium dens. Yet when he is compelled, at last, to return to Norway - his father is dying - Harry's buried instincts begin to take over. Then a female MP is discovered brutally murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Tough Listen, an Irresistible Series

  • By Glenna H. on 01-09-12

Terrific Thriller and Character

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

Reviewed: 02-18-12

If you could sum up The Leopard in three words, what would they be?

I am a Harry Hole fan- the stories are always great and the characters are complex. Even though Harry is self-destructive, I always root for him to succeed. You care about the main character so you care about the story.

What does Robin Sachs bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

Robin Sachs is a great actor and narrator and his reading makes you

  • Dog Tags

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939

A German Shepherd police dog witnesses a murder and if his owner - an Iraq war vet and former cop-turned-thief - is convicted of the crime, the dog could be put down. Few rival Andy Carpenter's affection for dogs, and he decides to represent the poor canine. As Andy struggles to convince a judge that this dog should be set free, he discovers that the dog and his owner have become involved unwittingly in a case of much greater proportions than the one they've been charged with.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wanna have some fun?

  • By Tim on 10-13-10

An Easy Book to Listen to and Enjoy

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

Reviewed: 02-06-12

Would you listen to Dog Tags again? Why?

I read and enjoy mystery books of all kinds. This book was a great one to listen to because it was lighter than most and was easy to follow. I like to read or listen to books like this especially after finishing an emotionally charged book. The characters in this book are endearing and the references to animals are enjoyable. Mr. Gardner's narration is especially good. It is easy for me to hear the different characters and their individual personalities come through. This is the third book I have listened to by David Rosenfelt and I have enjoyed them all. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries or stories involving animals.