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  • The Twenty-Year Death: The Falling Star

  • By: Ariel S. Winter
  • Narrated by: Ira Rosenberg
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

In 1941 Hollywood, a movie studio hires a down-and-out private eye to watch one of their leading ladies, an actress who thinks she’s being stalked. Is there really a mysterious man after her? After another actress is brutally slain, the detective discovers the truth, uncovering corruption deep within the studio system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Noir!

  • By Old Hippy on 11-07-17

Great Noir!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

Reminiscent of Chandler and Hammett. Nicely narrated. Next will read Winter's other two in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hammurabi Road

  • A Tale of Northern Ontario Vengeance
  • By: Steve Vernon
  • Narrated by: Robert Thaler
  • Length: 2 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Hammurabi Road is a dark redneck-noir novella of retribution, backwoods justice, and getting closer to a black bear than was ever dreamed possible. We start off with the eternal triangle - four men ride out in a pick-up truck; three in front and one duct-taped and bound in the back. It is a clear-cut case of Northern Ontario railroad vengeance, served up as cold as a frozen hunting knife. Fans of the movie and television series Fargo are going to love Hammurabi Road.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Hilarious Tale!

  • By Char's Horror Corner on 04-10-18

Dreadful! Awful!

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

No redeeming value at all. And the attempt at first person country-fied dialog gets tedious right from the start. Save your money.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,578
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,568

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive Book About Aliens & the Hype Industry

  • By Russell on 12-21-16

It passed the time ...

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

Not exactly thrilling science fiction, but it had a couple twists and likeable enough protagonists.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Blinds

  • A Novel
  • By: Adam Sternbergh
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mendel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Imagine a place populated by criminals - people plucked from their lives, with their memories altered, who've been granted new identities and a second chance. Welcome to The Blinds, a dusty town in rural Texas populated by misfits who don't know if they've perpetrated a crime or just witnessed one. What's clear to them is that if they leave, they will end up dead. For eight years, Sheriff Calvin Cooper has kept an uneasy peace - but after a suicide and a murder in quick succession, the town's residents revolt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a find!

  • By Old Hippy on 08-09-17

What a find!

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

Great yarn! After ten years and hundreds of stories, I was beginning to think there were no more good books to be found here on Audible. It's so good to be proven wrong.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Thirst

  • A Harry Hole Novel
  • By: Jo Nesbo, Neil Smith - translator
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141

In Police - the last novel featuring Jo Nesbø's hard-bitten, maverick Oslo detective - a killer wreaking revenge on the police had Harry Hole fighting for the safety of the people closest to him. Now, in The Thirst, the story continues as Harry is inextricably drawn back into the Oslo police force. A serial murderer has begun targeting Tinder daters - a murderer whose MO reignites Harry's hunt for a nemesis of his past.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious, Unoriginal and Poorly Narrated

  • By Jack@NYC on 12-27-17

Jo Nesbo delivers again!

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

Reviewed: 05-27-17

Another really good Nordic Noir with our favorite happy warrrior, Harry Hole, Nesbo manages to recycle an old nemisis for more murder and mayhem. Read it, you'll like it!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Since We Fell

  • A Novel
  • By: Dennis Lehane
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,400
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,397

Since We Fell follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel's marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A rip-snorting blast!

  • By Margaret on 05-22-17

DL writes better as a man than a woman.

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

Listen to first 20%, skip over next 30% (contributes nothing), then listen to rest. Not too bad.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Losing Faith

  • By: Adam Mitzner
  • Narrated by: David Marantz
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 951
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 952

Aaron Littmann, the chairman of one of the country's most prestigious law firms, has just been contacted by a high-profile defense attorney whose client is Nikolai Garkov, a Russian businessman arraigned on terrorism charges for pulling the financial strings behind recent treasonous acts. The attorney informs Aaron that Garkov is looking to switch representation and will pay $100,000 just to take the meeting.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Could not suspend disbelief.

  • By Will on 06-25-15

A Really Great Whodunnit Wrapped In Court Drama

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

Reviewed: 12-30-16

One of a kind author - looking forward to reading the rest of his other legal thrillers!

  • Who Goes There?

  • The Novella That Formed the Basis of 'THE THING'
  • By: John W. Campbell
  • Narrated by: Steve Cooper
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,503
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,510

Who Goes There?, the novella that formed the basis of the film The Thing, is the John W. Campbell classic about an antarctic research camp that discovers and thaws the ancient body of a crash-landed alien.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astounding ... Incredible ...

  • By Old Hippy on 10-03-16

Astounding ... Incredible ...

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

Reviewed: 10-03-16

So unbelievably good! Up there with anything from Matheson, Asimov, Clark. Great economy of words, while weaving intense suspense. Makes the two movies that followed feel like pale imitations. Also, terrific narration, gripping.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Matter

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,466

"Are you happy with your life?" Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Believable Multiverse

  • By Michael L. Moore on 02-18-17

Meh - Crouch Swings and Misses

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

Reviewed: 08-07-16

Predictable right from the start and, by the end, you're sick and tired of Jason's endless lovesick miserable existence. Way too long. Not nearly as gripping as all his prior stories. Almost no element of surprise, unlike what we've been accustomed to from Crouch.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 404
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 370

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

The first Audible Original I've Really Enjoyed!

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

Reviewed: 05-27-16

Great story, fine performances, super production qualities. Well done,Audible! Until now it's been a disappointing series of releases - here's hoping you're now hitting your stride.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful