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  • The Child Next Door: An unputdownable psychological thriller with a brilliant twist

  • By: Shalini Boland
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,004
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,002

Kirstie Rawlings is jolted awake by a child crying. Racing upstairs to check on her newborn, she is plunged into every parents’ worst nightmare. She hears an unknown voice in the baby monitor saying, "Let’s take the child - and go." Is someone trying to steal her little girl?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite "Unputdownable"...

  • By D. Paige on 05-04-18

Slow beginning but great finish

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

I almost stopped listening about a third of the way into the book due to my annoyance with the tediously paranoid protagonist’s worries about her baby. But just in time, things that were not her imagination began to happen and the plot picked up pace. Enjoyed the ending.

  • Passenger 23

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Max Beesley, Rebecca Hall, Anthony Head, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 398

With no police to investigate and no escape, could it be the perfect setting for a crime? Martin Schwartz (Beesley) is an undercover detective who is recovering from his wife and sons' bizarre disappearance from a cruise ship 5 years ago. He is a desperate man willing to take big risks. Martin never wanted to step onto a cruise ship again until he receives a call which can't be ignored. On average, 23 people per year disappear without a trace from cruise ships. Never before has someone come back... until now.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • BIZARR-O!

  • By Bus Driver on 12-27-15

Heavy going

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

I found this one rather grim, maybe because not even the protagonist is really likable. It has a lot of interesting twists. Curiously, there is an epilogue that starts up after all the credits are given at the end, but it sounds like continuation of the story. I disliked the narration, although all the narrators are talented, but I really dislike multiple narrators for a book. I find it distracting. This one was even more irritating because it had a lot of sound effects, creaking machinery, etc.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,247

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Boring

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

There were some good bits, but the story was pretty boring. Long passages of technical science info, and a gigantic teaser about what the great big discovery was, which lasted through the lion’s share of the book.

  • Brush Back

  • V. I. Warshawski Series, Book 17
  • By: Sara Paretsky
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she'd be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that's precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo's plea for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, lousy narrator, can't speak Chicagoan

  • By Beverly on 08-16-15

Another good one

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

Reviewed: 09-02-15

I really enjoyed this latest by this author. Plot was deliciously convoluted., and the narrator was excellent.

  • Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons

  • Rose Gardner Mystery #2
  • By: Denise Grover Swank
  • Narrated by: Frances Fuller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

When Rose reports for Fenton County jury duty she figures she's lucky to get out of a morning working at the DMV. Instead, despite a disastrous encounter with the new assistant district attorney, Mason Deveraux, she's picked as a juror on a murder case. As the trial progresses, she realizes an ominous vision she had in the men's restroom proves the defendant is innocent. And there's not a cotton picking thing she can do about it. Or is there? As if things weren't bad enough, Rose's older sister Violet is going through a mid-life crisis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good for the genre

  • By John on 07-30-15

Good for the genre

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

Reviewed: 07-30-15

This second book in the Rose Gardner series is good for the niche into which it falls in the "cosy" genre (plucky small town heroine investigates in her own and gets herself into hilarious trouble). This type of book often seems too "precious," but the author rides the line well. The narrator's twang no longer grates as it did with the first book, but I was distracted by mistakes, such as one time when she said "detective" when "defendant" was clearly meant, and mispronunciations ("incarcenation" instead of "incarceration").

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • An Unmarked Grave

  • A Bess Crawford Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

In the spring of 1918, the Spanish flu epidemic spreads, killing millions of soldiers and civilians across the globe. Overwhelmed by the constant flow of wounded soldiers coming from the French front, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford must now contend with hundreds of influenza patients as well. However, war and disease are not the only killers to strike. Bess discovers, concealed among the dead waiting for burial, the body of an officer who has been murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Nurse Bess Crawford mystery

  • By Kathleen on 08-27-12

Excellent plot

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

Reviewed: 07-16-15

I enjoyed this installment of the Bess Crawford series more than the previous ones. The story of a serial killer preying on WWI soldiers and nurses, in both France and England, kept me involved as Bess uncovered pieces of the puzzle while trying to keep from becoming another victim. Most interesting was the issue of the killer's motive -- is he randomly attacking people, or is he a spy, or is he out for revenge, and if so, for what perceived injury.

  • A Bitter Truth

  • A Bess Crawford Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 404

When battlefield nurse Bess Crawford returns from France for a well-earned Christmas leave, she finds a bruised and shivering woman huddled in the doorway of her London residence. The woman has nowhere to turn, and propelled by a firm sense of duty, Bess takes her in.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beloved Bess

  • By Jen on 10-30-11

Slow start

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

Reviewed: 07-14-15

This one started out really slow, and I was somewhat bored until the second half of the story got moving. In this age of DNA, I found it somewhat disingenuous to deal with one of the major themes -- that a 2-year-old child born in a different country MUST be the illegitimate child of one of the male characters, simply because she closely resembled his sister, who died at the age of six, with no other apparent connection between them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Duty to the Dead

  • A Bess Crawford Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 530

The daughter of a distinguished soldier, Bess Crawford follows in his patriotic footsteps, volunteering to serve her country as a nurse during the Great War. In 1916 she promises Lieutenant Arthur Graham that she will carry his dying request to a brother. When Bess arrives at the Graham house in Kent, Jonathan Graham listens to his brother's last wishes with surprising indifference.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific period mystery

  • By Anne on 12-04-10

Plot lacks something

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

Reviewed: 07-10-15

This first book in Charles Todd's Bess Crawford series is not as well plotted as the author's Ian Rutledge series, but it is still an enjoyable listen. The narrator is excellent.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Wings of Fire

  • Ian Rutledge, Book 2
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 460

When reclusive war poet Olivia Marlowe and her half-brother, Nicholas Cheney, die together in their ancestral home on the Cornish coast, it looks like suicide. The grieving relatives gather together to discuss the fate of Barcombe Hall, when another shocking death occurs. Inspector Rutledge, who is still shell-shocked from his experiences in the Great War, is sent from Scotland Yard to investigate. Rutledge is soon convinced that the answers to this baffling case lie within the family’s secret history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AN ADDICTIVE SERIES!

  • By The Louligan on 06-21-13

Good listen

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

Reviewed: 05-28-15

This story kept me guessing until the end, even though the pool of suspects was limited. Narrator seemed a bit formal, but that is in keeping with the 1919 setting

  • The Stranger

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,972
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,970

The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar or a parking lot or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The worst Coben book among the many I've heard

  • By Ed on 04-22-16

Home run!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-15

Great listen! The plot was very intricate and the surprises kept coming. I didn't figure it out before the end.