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  • The Trespasser

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,193

Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A literary mystery

  • By oc_artist on 10-08-16

Best of the Dublin Murder Squad So Far

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

Reviewed: 01-08-17

Where does The Trespasser rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Trespasser has to be in the top 10. Love Tana French's books and felt this was her best to date. Can't wait for the next one! Will it be another with Antoinette and Stephen or new characters? Felt Hilda Fay did a great job with narration.

What did you like best about this story?

I thought I knew where the story was going and was enjoying the journey ... but unexpected twists and turns made it even better.

Have you listened to any of Hilda Fay’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No other performances to compare. Would definitely listen to her again.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but I listened to it while driving, washing dishes, exercising, cleaning... didn't want to stop.

Any additional comments?

So worth the credit.

  • Career of Evil

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,916
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,927

Audie Award, Mystery, 2016. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters Mean Everything

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-09-15

Great Series - Best So Far

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

What did you love best about Career of Evil?

I loved the development of the characters and the twists and turns the story takes.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but as I listen to it while commuting I was forced to make it last longer. So sad when it ended, knowing it'll be a while before next in series comes out.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait until the next in the series comes out - can't be soon enough!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Memory Man

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,295

Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect - he can never forget anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Most annoying narration ever

  • By katherine wolfe on 04-21-16

Worst of the Over 150 books I have listened to

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

Reviewed: 11-26-15

What would have made Memory Man better?

The production was absolutely awful as mentioned by many other reviewers. Completely unnecessary sounds during supposedly suspenseful moments and uneven recording were the worst parts for me. It was hard to differentiate between the male characters, but his narration was okay. Female characters were somewhat better.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Mercy Falls (Cork O'Connor series) by William Kent Krueger. Great series so far!

How could the performance have been better?

Better producer. As mentioned above, the production was absolutely awful. Completely unnecessary sounds during supposedly suspenseful moments were distracting and annoying. Uneven recording levels were jarring. It was hard to differentiate between the male characters, but his narration was okay. Female characters were somewhat better.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Bewilderment that someone planned and approved the recording as it was sold.

Any additional comments?

The story was fair. Sometimes it's hard not to let a terrible recording color the book, but I don't think I would have loved it even had I read it. I have another Baldacci in my library but it will be a while before I'm up to giving it a try.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses

  • Half-Moon Hollow, Book 7
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,007

Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best spin offs I have read!

  • By Diana Turmenne on 05-28-13

Love Amanda Ronconi ... but not this time

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

Reviewed: 07-27-13

If you’ve listened to books by Molly Harper before, how does this one compare?

Honestly, I haven't finished it yet. I am having a very hard time getting interested in the storyline and the characters. So far I'd have to say this is my least favorite.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I have thoroughly enjoyed Ms Ronconi in Molly Harper's other books, but not this one. There was a mention in the book about the main character having a mix of accents, but that couldn't explain this mess of accents. Ms Ronconi seems to frequently forget the accent(s), then remember for a few minutes and then slip back to her regular voice. I find it jarring and very distracting. I think it would have been much more successful if Ms Harper had written Nola's character with with only one accent for Ms Ronconi to deal with.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Matter of Class

  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 205

Reginald Mason is wealthy, refined, and, by all accounts, a gentleman. However, he is not a gentleman by birth, a factor that pains him and his father, Bernard Mason, within the Regency society that upholds station over all else. That is, until an opportunity for social advancement arises, namely, Lady Annabelle Ashton.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful romance with a twist

  • By snthorne on 01-04-10

One of my favorite Balogh books

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

Reviewed: 03-17-13

Would you consider the audio edition of A Matter of Class to be better than the print version?

Not so much. Though the narrator wasn't awful, she definitely is not one of my favorites.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the characters and the twists and turns.

What three words best describe Anne Flosnik’s performance?

Oh... just didn't much care for her style.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending.

Any additional comments?

It's one of those stories I enjoyed as much, if not more, the second time around.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,764

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 03-17-13

Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

I would definitely listen to other books narrated by Julia Whelan or Kirby Heyborne. I thought they each did an excellent job, especially Ms. Whelan. I will most likely give Gillian Flynn another try once the disappointment from this book has eased.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I found the ending (actually the last third of the book) very disappointing. It seemed rushed, improbable, and lacking the detail that might support it.

Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

I slightly preferred Ms. Whelan's performance, but both were excellent. Truthfully, by the end of the book I was sick of all the characters.

Was Gone Girl worth the listening time?

Yes, for the most part.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the alternating narration and felt the story wouldn't have worked without it. I enjoyed the first two thirds of the novel much more than the last third. I almost wish I had stopped listening and made up my own ending. Just wasn't a satisfying or believable conclusion.

  • What I Did for Love

  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 427

Georgie York, once the costar of America's favorite television sitcom, has been publicly abandoned by her famous husband, her film career has tanked, her father is driving her crazy, and her public image as a spunky heroine is taking a serious beating. What should a down-on-her-luck actress do?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good not Great!

  • By Michelene on 01-29-09

Not SEP's best and with a mediocre narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-09

I've enjoyed most of SEP's books, but this one lacked the humor that I was expecting. Maybe it was the narrator. She added a whine to the characters that drove me nuts. If SEP uses the same narrator for her next book, I will definitely pass. This was one of my least favorite books from SEP. The characters didn't seem to be all that likeable. To me, the book dragged on and on until everything ended in a rush. I'll still buy her next book, but without the anticipation I usually have.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful