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  • Make or Break

  • By: Catherine Bennetto
  • Narrated by: Anna Acton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Jess, a 29-year-old Londoner with a Kate Beckett fringe and a tendency for dramatics, gets taken on a surprise trip by her long-term boyfriend, Pete, to attend her best friend’s last-minute wedding in South Africa. Jess imagines sun, sand, wine and safaris. And returning to London with an ethically mined diamond on her left hand... But this holiday isn’t set to be quite the fairy tale Jess has planned. Suddenly she finds her world tilting on its axis, and things are only set to get worse when Jess returns home.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it!

  • By Laurie on 04-13-19

Fun and quirky

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

I enjoyed this story. Fun travel stuff about what Cape Town SA is like, especially for the young and fit. Main character is hysterically funny, as is her mom.

  • The Lost Man

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches in the lonely outback. In an isolated belt of Western Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbor, their homes a four-hour drive apart. The third brother lies dead at their feet. Something caused Cam, the middle child who had been in charge of the family homestead, to die alone in the middle of nowhere. So the eldest brother returns with his younger sibling to the family property and those left behind. But the fragile balance of the ranch is threatened. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By KadysMom on 02-09-19

Loneliness in the Outback

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

I found this book engrossing for both its characters and its setting. The descriptions of life in the Outback of Australia were vivid a beautifully written. The characters were intriguing. The audio performance is excellent. The disfuntionality of the family is revealed slowly and mostly from the point of view of a man whose youthful mistake left him ostracized by what little community is available in the desolate countryside.

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  • Board Stiff

  • By: Annelise Ryan
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349

Sorenson, Wisconsin's deputy coroner Mattie Winston is back on the job...in a nursing home examining the body of Bernie Chase - the now former president of the Twilight Home's board of directors - who is covered in a powder used to turn liquids to solids. The home's residents are certain Bernie was offing the patients who cost him too much...and the patient that found him can't remember a thing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a Great Mystery, But Enjoying Mattie's Life

  • By Karen K on 03-17-15

Funny mystery

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I enjoy the humor in this series. Not too creepy, with a nice dose of romance. Jorjeana Marie’s narration is great for the character, but I wish she would check proper pronunciation before launching into the job, especially for medical terms.

  • I'll Keep You Safe

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Anna Murray, Peter Forbes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

Lovers and business partners Niamh and Ruairidh are owners of a small Hebridean company, Ranish Tweed. Their fabrics have become internationally sought-after in the world of fashion. But the threads of their relationship are beginning to fray. As they prepare for an important showing at a Parisian fabric fair, Niamh accuses Ruairidh of having an affair with a Russian fashion designer they work with - a fight that ends with Ruairidh storming off. Moments later, Niamh watches in horror as the car containing her life partner explodes in a ball of flame. With Niamh a prime suspect in the murder, the Parisian police hound her....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another page turner.

  • By Cathy Parker on 09-18-18

Bizarre final twist

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

I liked the main characters and descriptions of Harris & Lewis Islands and life there. I don’t really like multi-reader style audiobooks. And the final explanatory twist wasn’t really believable. Disappointed. I’ve liked his other books better.

  • The Fourth Friend

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl. Police detective Carter McLean is the only survivor of a plane crash that kills his four best friends. He returns to work, but he is left full of guilt and terrible flashbacks. So for each of his four friends he decides to complete something that they left unfinished....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit of a disappointment

  • By Maine Knitter on 12-24-18

Not my favorite Joy Ellis

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

There was a last minute plot twist that essentially erased my main complaint about the story. I don’t want to give it away. So I can only say vaguely that I was uncomfortable with some of the elements of the story.

  • The Crying Season: An edge of your seat crime thriller

  • Detectives Kane and Alton, Book 4
  • By: D.K. Hood
  • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

It’s hiking season in Black Rock Falls, and the small town in Montana is flooded with visitors. But when a hiker finds a human skull on a deserted trail in the woods that surround the town, Detective Jenna Alton is called in to investigate. With no missing persons reported, Jenna has no leads. Then her team makes a shocking discovery - the body of another hiker, a young man, tied to a tree and riddled with bullets. Could the two murders be linked? As more bodies are found, Jenna and her deputy David Kane know that they must venture deep into the forest to find and face the killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another great one

  • By michelle lynn keel on 10-21-18

Creepy bad guy

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Bad guy is a sociopath and because many chapters are from his point of view, the book has some creepy nasty sections I’d rather not read. I like the detectives and community and problem solving parts of the book.

  • Beware the Past

  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 170

When Matt Ballard was starting out his career, three boys were murdered in the same area, the remote and bleak Gibbet Fen. When the main suspect was killed in a hit-and-run, the killings stopped. But Matt was not satisfied that the real murderer had been caught. Over 25 years later, Matt gets a photo in an unmarked envelope. It's of the Gibbet Fen crime scene. And the picture was taken before the murder took place. More photos arrive, relating to the historic murders, as well as intimate pictures of Matt's very secret private life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Author Joy Ellis knows how to build suspense!

  • By Wayne on 06-04-18

Not up to her usual standards

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I found the writing frequently awkward during the setup of the storyline — with obvious exposition of facts the reader needs to know but in such an unnatural way that it feels like the writer is struggling to get the story started.
I found the narrator’s female voices to sound rather weak or ditzy, which doesn’t fit cops.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,736
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,704

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies, comes her newest audiobook, Nine Perfect Strangers: Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amid all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these 10 days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next 10 days are going to be.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 🌬🌥☁️🌦Fun, Fluffy, and Forgettable🍭🍬🍭

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-03-19

She’s written brilliant books—this is not one

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

While I have adored many of her books, this is not one of them. The bizarre character that runs the retreat center is both repugnant and crazy. What I normally enjoy in Liane’s books is the quirky reality of her characters, and while there are some interesting strangers in this novel, the pivotal movement engineered by the above crazy lady is ridiculous. Sorry.

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  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

  • A Novel
  • By: Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Narrated by: Meera Syal
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,674

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she's spent most of her 20-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father's death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center in the beating heart of London's close-knit Punjabi community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and insightful

  • By Ms P Kelly on 06-26-17

Great fun! Cross-cultural humor

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

I enjoyed the unusual storyline and the erotic tales within the novel, but the best part was the perspective of a young woman negotiating the difficulties of having one foot firmly planted in contemporary Britain and the other in the Punjabi Sikh immigrant community.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mother Tongue

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Stephen McLaughlin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 873
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 786
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 788

With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson - the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent - brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience, and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can't) to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world's largest growth industries.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More satire than history

  • By Barbara on 12-18-15

Out of date, some tedious spelling

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

Some of the chapters have too much spelling of words to be pleasant to listen to. I prefer John McWhorter’s books on English. I had hoped for more charming stories of English vs. American usage, but there wasn’t enough, and I was already familiar with a lot of the points he made.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful