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  • Down the River unto the Sea

  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,746
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,741

Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island. A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. Broken by the brutality he suffered and committed in equal measure while behind bars, his work and his daughter are the only light in his solitary life. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him those years ago, King realizes that he has no choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Claudia Peebler on 03-03-18

Ok

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I found the story under developed with many parts nonsensical & unbelievable. Maybe this wasn’t the WM book for me to start with - reading through the reviews I see now that many of the 5 stars were from long time fans. Dion Graham did a great job narrating.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Still Missing

  • By: Chevy Stevens
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,673

On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A singular voice; a horrendous story.

  • By Richard Delman on 01-21-12

Wow

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

This book will take you places you don’t want to go, but it’s well written & finely narrated. Definitely recommend.

  • The Washington Decree

  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen, Steve Schein - translator
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 22 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 75

When Bruce Jansen ascends to the White House, he is a changed man, determined to end gun violence by any means necessary. Rights are taken away as quickly as weapons. International travel becomes impossible. Checkpoints and roadblocks destroy infrastructure. The media is censored. Militias declare civil war on the government. The country is in chaos, and Jansen's former friends each find themselves fighting a very different battle, for themselves, their rights, their country... and, in Doggie's case, the life of her father, who just may be innocent. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A poor imitation of Grisham

  • By Ann on 08-18-18

Hot Mess

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

DNF. The premise somewhat resembles the tumult happening in the US currently, which I’m sure is what prompted publishing such a bomb. B-O-M-B. I haven’t checked JAO’s bio so have no idea his age, but was he in middle school when he wrote this? The narrator is passable, which is literally all this book has going for it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Code of the Woosters

  • Jeeves to the Rescue
  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733

Witty Wodehouses�s best-loved creation is the master-servant team of Bertie Wooster, the charming nitwit, and Jeeves, his effortlessly superior valet and protector. Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters." Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Wodehouse narrator

  • By Philip on 03-09-05

Cute

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

The story was wholesome, G-rated fun & the MCs quite appealing.

I was adoring Jonathan Cecil’s narration until I started noticing his lips smack. Loudly. I’ve listened to almost 1000 books on Audible & never experienced that particular quirk. Unfortunately it yanked me out of the story from then on. YMMV.

  • The Hourglass

  • By: Tracy Rees
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens, Imogen Church
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397

It's 2014. Sensible Nora has always taken success for granted until suddenly her life begins to fall apart. Troubled by anxiety and nightmares, she finds herself drawn to the sweeping beaches of Tenby, a place she's been only once before. Together with a local girl, she rents a beautiful townhouse and slowly begins to settle in to her new life. But Tenby hides a secret, and Nora will soon discover that this little town by the sea has the power to heal even the most painful memories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy it!!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-12-17

I Love Tracy Rees

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

But I couldn’t finish this book. The past/present trope was tiresome & the inevitable denouement too predictable.
I enjoy Imogen Church’s narration. Charlotte Strevens was just OK. Her natural voice is somewhat deep & the high squeaky portrayal of some characters was extremely irritating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Harbour Street

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626

As the snow falls thickly on Newcastle, the shouts and laughter of Christmas revelers break the muffled silence. Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter, Jessie, are swept along in the jostling crowd onto the Metro. But when the train is stopped due to the bad weather, and the other passengers fade into the swirling snow, Jessie notices that one lady hasn't left the train: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never guessed the ending

  • By Susan S. on 12-17-15

DNF

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

By far the weakest entry in this series. The premise was thin, convoluted & filled with too much speculation.
The narration was not a fit at all, especially after the great performances by previous readers. Her male voices were atrocious, especially Joe who sounded like a moron.
Had to stop @ 2/3 way through.

  • White Nights: A Thriller

  • Shetland, Book 2
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002

In this second audiobook of the Shetland Quartet to feature Inspector Jimmy Perez, the launch of an exhibition at The Herring House art gallery is disturbed by a stranger who bursts into tears, then claims not to remember who he is or where he comes from. The next day he's found dead, wearing a clown's mask.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Picked up where last one left off...

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-17-15

Ok

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Not as good as the 1st book - the plot was weak & resolution pretty unbelievable. Also, gritting my teeth through the narration which simply doesn’t fit with the character or setting.

  • Raven Black

  • Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,831
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,826

It is a cold January morning, and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to series, no audio problems anymore

  • By Mark on 03-28-17

Good

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

The story was interesting. I’m definitely no expert on Shetland accents, but most of the narration was way more British than Scottish which was odd & disappointing. That said, I’ll continue on.

  • The Survivor's Guide to Family Happiness

  • By: Maddie Dawson
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

Newly orphaned, recently divorced, and semiadrift, Nina Popkin is on a search for her birth mother. She's spent her life looking into strangers' faces, fantasizing they're related to her, and now, at thirty-five, she's ready for answers. Meanwhile, the last thing Lindy McIntyre wants is someone like Nina bursting into her life, announcing that they're sisters and campaigning to track down their mother. She's too busy with her successful salon, three children, beautiful home, and...oh yes, some pesky little anxiety attacks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable, pleasant read

  • By Itchi on 10-20-18

A Mixed Bag

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

A sweet story that started off strong & focused, then veered off in too many directions. That said, Nina was a great character & I enjoyed her point of view.
Not worth a credit IMO, but a good sale book.

  • Match Me If You Can

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611

Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Guilty Pleasure

  • By Daniela on 12-01-08

My Favorite

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

This is my favorite SEP book & I’ve read it many times. The narration of male characters wasn’t what I hoped for - Heath was just tolerable & Bodie was a flat out fail, but overall it didn’t impact my enjoyment that much.