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  • The Big Over Easy

  • A Nursery Crime
  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550

It's Easter in Reading, a bad time for eggs, and no one can remember the last sunny day. Ovoid D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III, minor baronet, ex-convict, and former millionaire philanthropist, is found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. All the evidence points to his ex-wife, who has conveniently shot herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Total Whimsy

  • By Bruce Sabin on 08-10-05

A Crazy Combination of Mystery and Humor

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Light fun listening. Everything that you wanted to know since you were two years old.

  • The Lost Airman

  • A True Story of Escape from Nazi Occupied France
  • By: Seth Meyerowitz, Peter F. Stevens
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596

Bronx-born top turret-gunner Arthur Meyerowitz was on his second mission when he was shot down in 1943. He was one of only two men on the B-24 Liberator known as Harmful Lil Armful who escaped death or immediate capture on the ground. After fleeing the wreck, Arthur knocked on the door of an isolated farmhouse, whose owners hastily took him in. Fortunately, his hosts not only despised the Nazis but had a tight connection to the French resistance group Morhange and its founder, Marcel Taillandier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Story of the French Resistance in WW2

  • By Rebecca Lawton on 06-19-17

A Compelling Story

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Not great writing or performance, but this story is a must especially for the younger generation for which WWII is a distant episode in the history books.

  • The Fifth Doll

  • By: Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,149

Matrona lives in an isolated village, where her life is centered on pleasing her parents. She's diligent in her chores and has agreed to marry a man of their choosing. But a visit to Slava, the local tradesman, threatens to upend her entire life. Entering his empty house, Matrona discovers a strange collection of painted nesting dolls - one for every villager.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unique and Unexpected

  • By B.A. Wilson on 12-30-17

Started out OK

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

but then it became cumbersome. Sort of a fairy tale, but the story made no sense,even in "make- believe" mode. Couldn't quite get the point.

  • Dark in Death

  • In Death, Book 46
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,839
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,443

On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan's neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel's best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel's blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dark in Death

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-04-18

Boring and Cumbersome

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

Couldn't get past the first hour. The initial analysis of the murder was OK. Then, the author tried to write a torrid sex scene - that went on and on and on. And on and on - totally boring - a way to fill up space. Not sure how we picked this one.

  • Right Behind You

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,931

Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash's older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: they are all experts on monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent storey And performances.

  • By Erick on 04-09-17

Couldn't finish - poorly conceived & written book

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

Couldn't stomach more that half of this book. Didn't warrant even one star in my opinion. If it was worthwhile, it became so after I stopped listening.

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  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48,414
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,873
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43,801

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

Truly a story of love and war

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

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

This has to be among the top ten audiobooks that we (my wife and I) have heard.

Any additional comments?

This is a story of love, loss and redemption. It is thrilling, even though often predictable, touching, and told in a manner that puts one "in the moment".

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,939

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Outstanding. Can't wait for her next book!

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

Reviewed: 10-31-15

What did you love best about The Girl on the Train?

This is a mystery revolving 3 women, one of whom is murdered. Everything about it keeps you guessing.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Where is it leading? What's next? Masterfully written. Real dialog, not mystery novel cliché.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Each narrator brought her character to life.

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

We (my wife and I) were glued to the iPod. Anxious for another excuse to listen to the book.

Any additional comments?

Haven't looked to see if this is on a best seller list, but it should be.

  • Nightingale's Lament

  • Nightside, Book 3
  • By: Simon R. Green
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549

"Taylor is the name. John Taylor...My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding things. It's part of the Gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside - the hidden heart of London where it's always three a.m., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side in the endless darkness of the soul. Assignment: Find out why the local diva called the Nightingale has cut herself off from her family and friends."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Green Man Review's Review

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-23-10

If you like comic books, you'll love this series.

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

Reviewed: 10-17-15

What did you love best about Nightingale's Lament?

This whole series of Night Sides tales is totally fantastic and unbelievable, but full of truth about the human condition.

What did you like best about this story?

The clichés are ridiculed even as they're expressed.

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

Marc Vietor has an amazing ability to portray a wide range of characters.

Any additional comments?

Good escape.

  • Silent Voices

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Charlie Hardwick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887

When Inspector Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, she wonders briefly if, for once in her life, she's uncovered a simple death from natural causes. But a closer inspection reveals bruises around the victim's throat, and Vera quickly realizes she has a murder on her hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vera enemy better in print(voice)!

  • By Walter G Sutton III on 07-06-15

Anxiously awaiting the next book in the series!

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

Reviewed: 10-17-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Like many good mysteries, this book is not only about the case, but also the people (on both sides of the law). Vera is no nonsense, refreshingly politically incorrect.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

As she goes about solving the mystery, one can't help but engage with her. She is human, subject to the same preconceptions and prejudices that many of us might be, but professional enough to recognize and overcome them.

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

Usually my wife and I (we listen to these books together) find that women narrators have difficulty portraying male characters. (More so than men portraying women - did you note that my wife and I agree on this; it's not an opinion based on pure male chauvinism. But then we both tend to lean toward political incorrectness.) However, Charlie Hardwick's performance was stellar. We'll look for more books that she has narrated.

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

This is not the kind of murder mystery that raises one's adrenalin level. It appeals much more to one's cerebral senses.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Target: An FBI Thriller, Book 3

  • By: Catherine Coulter
  • Narrated by: Sharon Williams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648

Hoping to escape unwanted celebrity in the aftermath of a notorious incident, Ramsey Hunt settles in the Rockies, determined to bury himself in the safety of a solitary existence. But his isolation is shattered when he stumbles upon a small girl unconscious in the high-altitude forest. When strangers pursue Ramsey to his private meadow in an attempt to kill him and the girl, he's mystified that anyone would wish her harm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Target

  • By Constance on 02-07-09

One of the most boring "thrillers" ever

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

Reviewed: 08-25-15

What disappointed you about The Target: FBI Thriller #3?

One expects a crime novel to be a little far-fetched, but this one out did itself. I had a hard time determining if it's main point was that of an unlikely hero surfacing, or a repressed woman finally coming into her own. A little girl who was kidnapped (I don't think that I'm giving anything away) turned out to be so precocious that one wonders how she got herslef kidnapped in the first place.

Has The Target: FBI Thriller #3 turned you off from other books in this genre?

I enjoy books of this genre, but will be a little more careful picking them in the future.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

At the risk of being called a sexist, femal narrators just don't do as good a job of portraying men as male narrators do of portraying women. There. I've said it.