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  • The Lido

  • By: Libby Page
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

Kate is a 26-year-old riddled with anxiety and panic attacks who works for a local paper in Brixton, London, covering forgettably small stories. When she's assigned to write about the closing of the local lido (an outdoor pool and recreation center), she meets Rosemary, an 86-year-old widow who has swum at the lido daily since it opened its doors when she was a child.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief

  • By Sara on 07-30-18

Not my usual

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

Every once in a while, I like to read/listen to a book that is not from my usual genres. Primarily a reader of espionage stories, listening to this was a departure for me. I am so glad I took the leap and listened to this book-what a beautiful story of kindness, friendship, and love.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Scarecrow

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,593

Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great newsman fiction from Connelly

  • By Tony B. on 08-18-09

Had to cheat...

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

The Scarecrow kept me on the edge of my seat. This is only the third time in nine years of regular audiobook listening that I have skipped to the last chapter to make sure the protagonist survived intact. (The second time was also a Connelly book.) A very enjoyable listen!

  • The Third Target

  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,589

When New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins hears rumors that an al-Qaeda splinter cell has captured a cache of chemical weapons inside Syria, he knows this is a story he must pursue at all costs. Does the commander of the jihadist faction really have the weapons? If so, who is the intended target? The U.S.? Israel? Or could it be Jordan?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense and good characters

  • By S. Vanalstine on 01-26-15

Took me awhile to get into this...

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

Reviewed: 03-25-17

But once I did, I was hooked. A bit disappointed when it ended in the middle of the action, though. Will definitely be listening to the next book...

  • The Watchman

  • An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 11
  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: James Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930

Pike commits himself to protecting the girl, but when they immediately come under fire, he realizes someone is selling them out.

As the body count rises, Pike's biggest threat might come from the girl herself, a lost soul in the City of Angels, determined to destroy herself - unless Joe Pike can teach her the value of life...and love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Pike is a real person: no longer a cartoon.

  • By Richard Delman on 05-05-17

Finally we learn more about Pike...

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

I have enjoyed the Elvis Cole books because they are smart and have a bit of humor thrown into the mix. The Pike character is an enigma in those books- we are told very little about his history- just enough to make us want to know more. This book fleshed out Pike's character. I will read/listen to as many Pike/Cole books as Crais can produce.

  • The Obesity Code

  • Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
  • By: Dr. Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,385

In this highly listenable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps - a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels - Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight - for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is a PDF, Folks

  • By Cynthia on 06-27-17

Good book, but...

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

Reviewed: 01-24-17

The mispronunciations were very distracting. Why would anyone able to read at even a high school level pronounce GLYCOGEN with a soft "c"? This wasn't the only word pronounced incorrectly, just the most frequently used. It was a mistake on my part to purchase this as an audiobook. I should have foreseen that there would be charts and appendices that I would want to see. It is a bit frustrating to have the narrator say "see graph 11", when you do not have it available. I had hoped there would be a website with the diagrams, but there is not. Great material, just not suited to this format, nor with this narrator.

31 of 43 people found this review helpful

Double Whammy
    A Davis Way Crime Caper, Book 1
    
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        Dina Pearlman
    
    


    
    Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
    538 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Double Whammy

  • A Davis Way Crime Caper, Book 1
  • By: Gretchen Archer
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 538
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 482

Davis Way thinks she's hit the jackpot when she lands a job as the fifth wheel on an elite security team at the fabulous Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. But once there, she runs straight into her ex-ex husband, a rigged slot machine, her evil twin, and a trail of dead bodies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining story. Awesome narrator.

  • By Pete the Dog on 08-07-13

Not quite Stephanie Plum, but

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

Similar. Davis way is smart and funny like Stephanie. This story was a little predictable, but I enjoyed the ending.

  • Sweet Talk: A Novel

  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 983
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884

When FBI agent Grayson Kincaid first encounters Olivia MacKenzie, she makes quite an impression. The beautiful, tough young attorney has stumbled into the middle of an FBI sting operation and reduced it to chaos. Months of surveillance and careful planning down the drain, Kincaid’s partner is furious and lets Olivia know that she’s ticked off the wrong guy. After all, he’s FBI. But Olivia isn’t intimidated by his partner’s bullying because she’s something even scarier...she’s IRS.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Please...More!

  • By Elizabeth on 03-01-13

Singsong narration

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

I will avoid this narrator in the future. Her singsong reading was so distracting that I almost stopped and gave up on this book.

  • The Third Option

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,108

CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp falls prey to government forces with an agenda of their own after Dr. Irene Kennedy is named the successor to dying CIA Director Thomas Stansfield—a choice that enrages many inside the world’s most powerful intelligence agency. Her detractors will resort to extreme measures to prevent her from taking the reins—which makes Rapp an expendable asset. But Mitch Rapp is no one’s pawn, and he will stop at nothing to find out who has set him up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If it had an ending, I'd give it a 5.

  • By Henry on 06-07-11

Distracting narration

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

Reviewed: 01-25-16

This narrator distracted from the story- incorrect pronunciation of 2 names and a few of his "voices" were very annoying.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 50,102
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45,409
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45,332

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

As a fan of historical fiction...

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

Reviewed: 12-12-15

I have read/listened to many books that are set in WW II Europe. This is my first that focused on occupied France. I will be doing some follow-up nonfiction reading, because I feel I have had a gap in my understanding of what it was like to live under Nazi rule.
This is an excellent book that I will listen to again and will recommend to friends.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nuts

  • The Hudson Valley Series, Book 1
  • By: Alice Clayton
  • Narrated by: Shayna Thibodeaux, Sebastian York
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,566

After losing almost all of her clients in one fell swoop following an accident involving whipped cream, private chef to Hollywood's elite Roxie Callahan gets a call from her flighty mother, saying she's needed home in upstate New York to run the family diner. Once she's back in the Hudson Valley, local organic farmer Leo delivers Roxie a lovely bunch of walnuts, and soon sparks - and clothing - begin to fly. Leo believes that everything worth doing is worth doing slowly...and how!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous story -- great character interaction

  • By GH on 03-23-16

Yikes

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

Reviewed: 12-01-15

Very predictable story with overuse of the "f" word. Author needs to expand her vocabulary. Well educated people do not speak this way, even young, well educated people do not speak this way. Don't waste a credit on this one. I am embarrassed to have it in my library,

1 of 2 people found this review helpful