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Donna Seidel

Topeka, Ks, US
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  • When Evil Calls Your Name

  • Dr. David Galbraith, Book 2
  • By: John Nicholl
  • Narrated by: Emily Wilden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43

When 29-year-old Cynthia Galbraith struggles to come to terms with her traumatic past and the realities of prison life, a prison counsellor persuades her to write a personal journal exploring the events that led to a life sentence for murder. Although unconvinced at first, Cynthia finally decides she has all the time in the world and very little, if anything, to lose. She begins writing and holds back nothing: sharing the thoughts she hadn't dared vocalize, the things that keep her awake at night and haunt her waking hours.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing, Grippng & Dark - Great Read!

  • By Elaine M. on 07-20-16

Nope

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

Reviewed: 06-17-16

This started off well: an interesting concept, the writing in the journal focused and unusual, the promise of horror somewhere down the line. Bit it derailed as the protagonist's flashbacks and jourmal writings decended into - what, madness or weaknest? I wad curious enough to finish it.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ordeal

  • By: Jørn Lier Horst
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

Together with her one-year-old daughter, Maja, single mother Sofie Lund moves into the house she inherited from her grandfather. Sofie has such painful memories that she has had every trace of the old man removed - every trace but a locked safe that has been bolted to the basement floor. Inside the safe Sofie finds something shocking that will also become crucial evidence in a case that has plagued Inspector William Wisting for a long time. To follow this lead, though, he must cut across important loyalties and undermine confidence in the police force.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Boring, predictable and pedantic

  • By Paul on 10-02-16

It is OK

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

This book 's strength is in the unraveling of police procedural errors. Too many unsavory characters involved in the ugly life of crime are less than interesting for my taste. Bit it is a good detective story.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Where Roses Never Die

  • Varg Veum
  • By: Gunnar Staalesen
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,102

September 1977. Mette Misvãr, a three-year-old girl, disappears without trace from the sandpit outside her home. Her tiny, close middle-class community in the tranquil suburb of Nordas is devastated, but their enquiries and the police produce nothing. Curtains twitch, suspicions are raised, but Mette is never found.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story with Satisfying Ending

  • By Larry on 09-04-16

Five!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-16

This reminds me a bit of a Jane Marpke mystery. In the small world this detective moves in, he simply visits and revisits the small cast of characters until he solves the puzzle. I was surprised at the last chapter solution. The author sets a steady pace and invites the reader to join him in quietly questioning everyone. This is a fascinating book.

33 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • Montana Harvest

  • The Jim Buchanan Novels, Book 1
  • By: Felix F. Giordano
  • Narrated by: J. Rodney Turner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Murder for profit meets Native American justice. Torn between two different worlds, Jim Buchanan, the son of a Scotsman and Native American woman, had it all: a lucrative sports career with celebrity status. Yet, he sacrificed it all to return to his roots, to the land he knew and loved. In Cedar County, Montana, Sheriff Jim Buchanan is the law. When the FBI contacts him concerning a missing persons investigation, it threatens not only his life but also the life of the person dearest to his heart.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good

  • By Donna Seidel on 06-06-16

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 06-06-16

This is not a great investigative novel but it is a nice change. With a relaxed pace the author drew me into his collection of rural residents and rural life. To set the crime scene the author relies on an urban legend - bad guys and bad deeds go unnoticed in rural villages and towns. And I did wonder why the coming and going of night flying airplanes did not rouse a lot more local interest but, the Sheriff git ta goin'....

  • Behind Dead Eyes

  • By: Howard Linskey
  • Narrated by: Kieran Bew
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 170

A corpse is found, its identity extinguished in the most shocking manner imaginable. Detective Ian Bradshaw can't catch the killer if no one can ID the victim. Out there, somewhere, a missing young woman may hold the answers. Journalist Helen Norton is about to uncover a massive criminal conspiracy. She just needs the final piece of the puzzle. Soon she will learn the price of the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Behind Dead Eyes

  • By ZacharyKindle Customer on 07-26-16

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 05-23-16

British,, the law and the press against the sad, yhe bad and the ugly. It starts well and holds thecreadr's interest. Toward the end the red herrings start flying, so many realy bad guys are flushed into the open. There is a biy too much going on then but overall this is a good book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Malice of Waves

  • By: Mark Douglas-Home
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

Five years ago, 14-year-old Max Wheeler disappeared from Priest's Island, an isolated but bleakly beautiful place on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. In the close-knit local community, there are no secrets - except what happened to Max. None of the police or private investigations since have shed any light on what happened the night he went missing, presumed dead. But there is one man who is yet to take on the case: The Sea Detective.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another great story

  • By Alysha Ann Olsen on 04-13-18

A good one!

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

Reviewed: 05-21-16

1) set in rural Scotland, an island off the coast 2) several very interesting cgaractrrs 3) some strange characters 4) lors of small boat travel without one monstrous sea creature 5) the police have an almost invisible prescense 6) islanders with quirky agendas whoo complicate the story.... I really liked this book,

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Gitchie Girl

  • The Survivor's Inside Story of the Mass Murders that Shocked the Heartland
  • By: Phil Hamman, Sandy Hamman
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

The sound of snapping twigs closed in on the five teenagers enjoying an evening around a glowing campfire at Gitchie Manitou State Park. The night of music and laughter had taken a dark turn. Evil loomed just beyond the tree line, and before the night was over, one of the Midwest's most horrific mass murders had left its bloodstains spewed across the campsite. One managed to survive and would come to be known as the "Gitchie Girl".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tense, horrific, inspiring. A real horror movie

  • By S. Winchester on 06-07-16

Another very hook

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

Reviewed: 05-19-16

I chose rhis title because it was a true story of a crime in the rural midwest. Surprises kept poping up which kept me glued though I did postpone one to continue another time. No time is spent on the lives of the killrrs....

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Zion: A Novel

  • By: Dayne Sherman
  • Narrated by: Charles Kahlenberg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

From Dayne Sherman, the critically-acclaimed author of Welcome to the Fallen Paradise, comes a gothic treatment of the American South: a hard-charging depiction of religion, family, friendship, deception, and evil. Zion is a mystery set in the rural South, the story of a war fought over the killing of hardwoods in Baxter Parish, Louisiana. The tale begins in 1964 and ends a decade later, but the Hardin family, faithful members of Little Zion Methodist Church, will carry the scars for life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it

  • By Donna Seidel on 05-17-16

I liked it

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

Reviewed: 05-17-16

Such a calm book and a lovely reader to tell the story. Not mucch happens but the twists make the do give rhe listener some "ah, ha!" moments. I'm now going to check Audible fot more books by this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Prayers the Devil Answers

  • A Novel
  • By: Sharyn McCrumb
  • Narrated by: Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Suddenly thrust into the role of primary caretaker for her family following the tragic death of her husband, Ellie Robbins is appointed to serve out his term as sheriff of their rural Tennessee mountain town. The year is 1936, and her role is largely symbolic except for the one task that only a sheriff can do: execute a convicted prisoner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprising twist.

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-12-17

No mystery here

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

Reviewed: 05-16-16

A fine piece of writing but not the usual who-done-it we mystery/detective/thriller we , mystery fans enjoy. I did like the slow unrolling of this rural Tennessee woman's life from WW1 through her preWW2 job as sheriff.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Death at Breakfast

  • A Novel
  • By: Beth Gutcheon
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Indulging their pleasure in travel and new experiences, recently retired private school head Maggie Detweiler and her old friend, socialite Hope Babbin, are heading to Maine. The trip - to attend a weeklong master cooking class at the picturesque Victorian-era Oquossoc Mountain Inn - is an experiment to test their compatibility for future expeditions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good enough

  • By Donna Seidel on 05-15-16

Good enough

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

Reviewed: 05-15-16

I've given this one a rating of average. It is a murder in the hotel kind of mystery with a single crime scene and a host of guests, any one of whom could have killed the victim. At the end of the book, the reader will be treated to a repetition of all clues and think, "Ah, hah."

2 of 2 people found this review helpful